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CoGo's Unsung Hero: Mt. Lebanon's Marie Erickson

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One of the criteria for the CoGo's High School Sports Unsung Hero award is leadership. Whether it's in the context of sports, academics or in the community, the award honors student-athletes who distinguish themselves as leaders.

Mt. Lebanon senior Marie Erickson fits that description so completely it would seem as if the award was patterned after her.

Four years ago, Erickson lead the charge as Mt. Lebanon High School started a fencing club. Then, in just its third year, the team took home the Pittsburgh Epee Cup.

Outside of school, the senior leads the way for local middle school students through an afterschool art mentoring program she created.

Finally, in the classroom, Erickson has been the ultimate leader. She has been the student council class president each of the last four years.

"Marie is really a great kid," said Mt. Lebanon athletic director John Grogan. "She has been a good golfer for us, is a good student and truly a great person."

The High School Sports Unsung Hero Award, presented by CoGo's, recognizes local student-athletes who have dedicated themselves to sports and academics, but traditionally have not received the deserved attention.

Criteria for selection is based on sportsmanship, scholastics, dedication to the sport and team members, success on the field, relationship with officials, school district personnel, the community, and current and former team members.

In addition to her work with the fencing club, Erickson spent four years as a member of the Blue Devils girls' golf team. Her extracurricular activities are extensive, stretching from performing as a violinist in the Mt. Lebanon Orchestra as well as the Pittsburgh Youth Philharmonic Orchestra to her middle school mentoring work.

She created an after school art mentoring program, where she dedicates her time at after-school sessions, talking to art students and serving as a role model for kids at Mellon and Jefferson Middle Schools. Erickson was recently honored with the Girl Scout Gold Award—the highest honor the scouts offer—for the program.

Despite all of that work on the golf course and in the community, Erickson also maintains a 4.9 grade point average.

She plans to attend Catholic University in Washington DC, where she'll pursue a degree in education and hopes to become an English teacher.

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