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Young Achiever: Melina Stratigos

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Melina Stratigos, 17, of Cranberry is the Eastern states' winner of the 2013-14 Christopher Columbus Essay Contest, sponsored by Daughters of the American Revolution and the National Italian American Foundation. She is part of the North Pittsburgh Homeschool Enrichment Program, based in McCandless. . Melina Stratigos, 17, an 11th-grader in the North Pittsburgh Homeschool Enrichment Program, won the Eastern Division award in the 2013-2014 Christopher Columbus Essay, sponsored by Daughters of the American Revolution and the National Italian American Foundation.

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014, 9:01 p.m.
 

Age: 17

Residence: Cranberry

Family: Parents, Nicholas and Cindy Stratigos; sister, Lizzy, 15; brother, Erik, 13

School: 11th-grader in the North Pittsburgh Homeschool Enrichment Program

Noteworthy: Won the Eastern Division Award in the 2013-14 Christopher Columbus Essay, sponsored by the Daughters of the American Revolution and the National Italian American Foundation. The topic was “How do Americans View Christopher Columbus and George Washington Today?”

Quote: “One thing I learned was that Washington and Columbus were both redneads. One of their differences was how they appeared in public. Columbus was friendly. Washington was more reserved.”

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