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North County’s Andraka meets with pope

jack andrakaNorth County High School junior Jack Andraka was honored at the Vatican this past weekend, with the International Giuseppe Sciacca Award for his work on cancer research and early-detection methods.

Bishop Sciacca is the current Adjunct Secretary of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura – the second-highest court in the Roman Catholic Church – and he heads the Greek and Italian humanitarian organization that bears his name. Andraka was nominated for the award by Greek philosopher Catherine Nikou.

At the age of 15, Andraka created a dip-stick sensor that tests blood or urine in a manner that has already been shown to be 90-percent accurate in identifying pancreatic cancer – the deadliest form of cancer. He won the grand prize at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in 2012 and has won many other awards.

While in Vatican City, Andraka was scheduled for an informal meeting with Pope Francis.

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