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State Honoree

Madelaine Elish


Madelaine Elish, Ellis School, Pittsburgh, organized a project to paint over graffiti in Pittsburgh. With paint and supplies provided by the Friendship Preservation Group, a community organization, Elish and 17 friends painted over graffiti at four city locations on May 18, 1996. She plans to make the project an annual event.

"Volunteering opens up a whole new world for anyone who wants to enter."