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Pine-Richland senior garners top Trib award

Jasmine Goldband | Tribune-Review
Trib Total Media Outstanding Young Citizen North scholarship winner Andrew Nussbaum, 18 of Pine Township, right, is congratulated by brothers Paul Nussbaum, 17, and Ryan Nussbaum, 23, during the annual banquet at the Four Point Sheraton in Cranberry Township Thursday, May 8, 2014.

Friday, May 9, 2014, 12:01 a.m.

Andrew Nussbaum believes in two kinds of happiness — one fashioned for self, one tuned to others.

“Some of my most important lessons as a high school student were learned when I made a true impact in the community from my volunteerism,” he wrote in an essay about his volunteer experiences.

With that essay, the Pine-Richland senior won a $5,000 college scholarship from Trib Total Media's Outstanding Young Citizen Program on Thursday during a banquet at Four Points Sheraton North in Marshall.

Nussbaum, 18, of Pine said he started in the third grade pitching in on schoolwide campaigns for families in need. Elected class president every year since middle school, Nussbaum epitomizes selflessness, said Pine-Richland's Gary Hitechew, who coaches him on the baseball team. The senior organized theme nights to boost attendance at varsity football games, spoke out against bullying and managed social media for his student government association.

“He is a leader, promoter and embodiment of positive school spirit and sportsmanship,” Hitechew said.

Tie-less and grinning, Nussbaum arrived late at the banquet fresh from a winning baseball game.

“Mostly, I just hope it inspires people who see it in the paper to volunteer more and encourage their friends to volunteer, too.”

More than 200 people attended the banquet, including 50 high-achieving juniors and seniors who received certificates to honor them as Outstanding Young Citizens based on academic achievements, school activities, leadership roles and volunteerism.

Of those 50, the top 10 were announced as gold medal winners.

In its 21st year, the Outstanding Young Citizen program recognizes 50 exceptional high school students from four regions. The banquet honored students from Pittsburgh's northern neighborhoods and suburbs.

“We're so proud to carry on this 20-year tradition conceived by Trib Total Media,” said Lindsay Berdell, the company's director of promotions and marketing. “It's always an honor to recognize local students for the good they do both in their schools and for the whole community.”

The scholarship portion of the program awards a $5,000 scholarship to a senior in each of Pittsburgh's four regions.

In the north, 39 high school seniors submitted essays to compete for the scholarship. Many more juniors and seniors submitted biographies to be considered for the Outstanding Young Citizens award.

The 10 gold medal winners, all seniors, are:

• Allison Bartoszewicz, Vincentian Academy: National Honor Society; varsity basketball captain, track and volleyball player, choral member; Children's Institute and hospital volunteer; plans to study English at the University of Notre Dame.

• Bailyn Bench, Seneca Valley Senior High School: National Honor Society; National Science Honor Society; band member and Girl Scout; Victims of Fire founder; considering engineering at an undecided four-year college.

• Robert Bertha, Deer Lakes High School: class officer and student government member; volunteer firefighter; marching and concert band; LancerVision co-founder; plans to study flight nursing at Community College of Allegheny County.

• Calista Frederick-Jaskiewicz, PA Distance Learning Charter School: National Honor Society; plays piano and viola; tae kwon do black belt and fencing team member; qualified referee; founder of Origami Salami/Folding for Good; plans to study a STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) discipline at a four-year college.

• Arlind Karpuzi, Deer Lakes High School: honor roll; intern for state House Majority Leader Mike Turzai, R-Bradford Woods; student government president and varsity football captain; school newspaper editor; frequent tutor and volunteer; plans to study business at the University of Pittsburgh.

• Stanley Marciniak, North Hills High School: National Honor Society; U.S. Senate Youth Program delegate; class president; North Hills School Board representative; volunteer for Special Olympics and Make-A-Wish; plans to study economics and political science.

• Natalie Milas, Vincentian Academy: National Honor Society; varsity softball, golf and cross-country; tutor and pianist, LeadersNow International chapter president; mission worker and volunteer; plans to study biology at Penn State.

• Annie Roble, Vincentian Academy: National Honors Society; National Merit Scholarship Program participant; varsity cheerleading and tennis; camp counselor and Bible School teacher; plans to study biology at the University of Notre Dame.

• Zachary Skirpan, Pine-Richland High School: National Honor Society; class vice president; varsity lacrosse, frequent tutor, volunteer as counselor; plans to study nuclear engineering at the Naval Academy.

• Hayley Wyeth, Shady Side Academy: National Merit Finalist; varsity track-and-field captain; tutor and school tour guide; jazz ensemble, Duquesne University intern; plans to study biomedical engineering at Harvard University.

Megan Harris is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5815 or

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