Young Achiever: Shannon Wygonik
Age : 16
Residence : Port Vue
Family : Parents Kevin and Sharon Wygonik and brother Adam, 21
School : Junior at South Allegheny
Activities/interests: Wygonik plays forward on the South Allegheny Soccer Club and varsity team. She plays the trumpet in the South Allegheny Concert Band, the marching band and the jazz band. She enjoys camping at Laurel Hills and Pymatuning state parks.
Noteworthy : Wygonik presented a science module, titled "What's in My Pizza," on Friday to fourth-graders in South Allegheny Elementary School, explaining how yeast makes the crust rise. She is making the presentation to fulfill her requirement as a member of the 2011 Gene Team at the University of Pittsburgh.
Quote : "I love learning about biology and chemistry. Those are my two favorite classes. I want to be a biomedical engineer. I just really want to discover new things and connect research with how it can help others."