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Young Achiever: Sarah Newborn

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Sarah Newborn, 17, of Murrysville, who recently won a $1,000 scholarship from the Western Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association (WPTLA) for her essay about a recent Supreme Court decision.
Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 9:01 p.m.

Noteworthy: The Western Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association awarded Sarah a $1,000 scholarship after she submitted an essay about a recent Supreme Court decision for its annual scholarship essay contest. She also received the South Hills High School Alumni scholarship, ALCOA scholarship, and Cedarville University Provost's Scholar Award. Sarah will attend Cedarville University in Ohio this fall, where she plans to major in allied health with a minor in religious studies.

Age: 18

Residence: Murrysville, Westmoreland County

Family: Parents Mark and Maryalice; brothers Joshua, 27, Adam, 21, and Aaron, 19; sister, Rebekah, 25.

Education: Home educated in the Franklin Regional School District, senior.

Background: Newborn's extracurricular activities include competitive debate and speech, Teen Pact Leadership and bible study. She enjoys equestrian training, martial arts and performing spoken word poetry. She volunteers at UPMC Children's Hospital and Cornerstone Ministries.

Quote: “I am honored that the Western Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association recognized my essay as one of the top three. The topic was very complex and difficult to write about, but I am glad that I researched it because I learned how important legal issues are affecting our society.”

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