18 Under Eighteen | Junior Achievement of Western Pennsylvania

18 Under Eighteen

Presented by NexTier Bank


When: Tuesday, February 22, 2022
Where: The National Aviary, 700 Arch St, Pittsburgh, PA 15212 
18 Under Eighteen
Throughout this pandemic, our youth have endured many obstacles - we have witnessed firsthand how many of them have risen to the challenge by demonstrating significant and positive impact in the communities they reside.
Junior Achievement's inaugural 18 Under Eighteen presented by NexTier Bank celebrates eighteen extraordinary students that are defining their generation through their entrepreneurial spirit, leadership, and service to their communities!
Meet the Class of 2022
After casting a talent search across western PA and northern WV, a diverse committee of community members reviewed each nomination and interviewed finalists to become the select eighteen.
The class of 2022 features honorees that range from 10 years old up to 18 years old and represent a diverse cross section of our region. They are selfless and committed to creating impactful change and are designing a way forward that benefits us all. We are thrilled to honor this impressive group of teen leaders!
If you have any questions, please email info@jawesternpa.org.

Meet our class of 2022

Makayla Alaquiva
North Allegheny SD

Makayla Alaquiva is a 10-year-old student who believes strongly in giving back to her community.

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Zachary Betz
South Fayette TWP. SD

Zachary Betz is a19-year-old who is the co-chair of his local SHOUT chapter at South Fayette High School.

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Isiah Davis
Sto-Rox SD

Isiah Davis is an 18-year-old student that embodies a leader in his community both on and off the field.

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Jasmine DeBruce
Shady side Academy

Jasmine DeBruce is a 17-year-old student who is an active advocate of social justice.

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Griffin Hurt
South Fayette Twp. SD

Griffin Hurt is an 18-year-old student who from a young age has been passionate about user experience.

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Elizabeth Kott
Derry Area SD

Elizabeth Kott is a 16-year-old student who advocates for her peers and programs within her school.

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Anne Lindsay
Freeport Area SD

Anne Lindsay is a 16-year-old student who is a driven entrepreneur and owner of her own business.

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Morgan McCray
Oakland Catholic HS

Morgan McCray is a 15-year-old student who is an outspoken advocate for change.

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Isabella Murano
Quaker Valley SD

Isabella Murano is a 17-year-old student who is committed to her vision of a  more sustainable future.

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Rocco Otto
Moon Area SD

Rocco Otto is a soon to be 16-year-old student who founded his own non-profit organization.

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Susannah Poese
Fairview SD

Susannah Poese is a 17-year-old student who is an active advocate for social change.

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James Swift
Franklin Regional SD

James Swift is a 17-year-old student who is a natural leader and a tenacious competitor.

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Ryleigh Mackenzie Tardy
St. Edmund's Academy

Ryleigh Mackenzie Tardy is a 13-year-old student who is a driven entrepreneur with a special mission to spread.

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Braden Thomas
Cambria Heights SD

Braden Thomas is a 17-year-old student who is a compassionate community member and friend.

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Cynthia Torrence
Hermitage SD

Cynthia Torrence is a 17-year-old student who is an accomplished entrepreneur and CEO of her own business.

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Yoshna Venkataraman
Upper St. Clair SD

Yoshna Venkataraman is a 16-year-old student who advocates for mental health awareness within her school.

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Isabella Walsh
Allegheny Valley SD

Isabella Walsh is a 17-year-old who is a magnetic force demonstrating leadership and resiliency in all that she does.

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Naomi Zenmon
Pitt Creative and Performing Arts HS

Naomi Zenmon is a 17-year-old student who is a natural leader and a mentor with a message of love to spread.

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Congratulations to the Finalists:


Renee LaGrosse; Hannah Palmer; Jacob Wieland; Audrey Wetterau; Peyton Celesti; Danielle Sutterlin; Rishika Somireddy; Jazmiere Bates; Kayla Schwabenbauer; Mallory Schreiber; Joseph Albanese; Shniya Bellamy; Madeline Thompson; Luis Marquez; Dalton Lynch; Delaney Schwab; Grace Howard; Plamedie Kabanda.

Thank You to Our 2021 Partners 
Presenting Partner
TriState Capital
Lamar             TriState Capital                   
PNC Bank         The Grable FoundationAudacy
  PPG       PPG

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