This month's Northwest Pennsylvania C.L.A.S.S. Act Emerging Leader recipient is Maya Post. 

The award is given to a student, nominated from 17 school districts in Erie, Crawford and Warren counties.

This time, the student is from the North East School District.

Senior, Maya Post was surprised live, on our Erie News Now at noon newscast by Eva Mastromatteo.

Maya, who is involved in musical theater, cross country, national honor society and a host of other activities, is also second in her graduating class of 110 students. 

"I've worked really hard in my academics the past four years," said Maya. "So, it really means a lot that my hard work is being recognized." 

Winners receive a $1,000 scholarship with the chance to a win $5,000 more at the end of the year through an essay contest.

The C.L.A.S.S. Act Award is given through the Northwest Tri-county Intermediate.

The C.L.A.S.S. Act Emerging Leaders Award is sponsored by Tendto Credit Union, Velocity Net, Orthopedic Associates of Meadville, and Lilly Broadcasting.