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North County High student to be honored at Vatican

North County High School junior Jack Andraka, who has received numerous accolades for his work on early detection methods for cancer, will be honored with an international award at the Vatican on Saturday, according to Anne Arundel Public School officials.

Andraka will receive the International Giuseppe Sciacca Award, which according to the award website is given to young people whose work have made them role models. It is named in honor of Giuseppe Sciacca, a 26-year-old architecture student who died in an accident involving a parachute failure in 1986.

A Crownsville resident, Andraka developed a dipstick testing method that allows for detection of a biological indicator for early stage pancreatic cancer. He is slated to also spend a week in Berlin, Germany, where he will work with the Max Planck Society, a German research organization, AACPS officials said.

Attempts to reach Andraka for comment were unsuccessful.

joseph.burris@baltsun.com

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