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South and West Young Achiever

| Thursday, June 5, 2003

Stacey DiIanni

  • Residence: Imperial

  • Age: 18

  • Family: Parents, Patrick and Eileen; and brother, Justin, 20

  • School: Dilanni is a senior at West Allegheny High School.

  • Noteworthy: She won the prestigious Ann Arlys Bowler Poetry Contest sponsored by Weekly Reader magazine. Titled "Yesterday While Walking," her poem tells how she was inspired to give a homeless man her shoes. Dilanni was one of six winners of $100, a medal, certificate of excellence and the honor of being published in Read magazine.

  • Other activities: Dilanni plays the oboe in her high school band, the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony, the West Hills Symphonic Band and the Metropolitan Symphonic Band. She plans to study music performance at Baldwin Wallace College, Ohio.

  • Quote: "I was a little surprised to hear I won the poetry contest, although I was confident with what I had written."

    -- By Sara Saine, For the Tribune-Review

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