Another high school student has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship through the Northwest Pennsylvania C.LA.S.S. Act Emerging Leader award.

March's recipient is McDowell High School senior Karina Wismer.

While she is in the top five percent of her class, the Honors College student was nominated for her creativity, maturity and kindness.

"It's very tempting to be a cookie-cutter student and try to get all As and just really just work towards that grade," said Wismer. "There's so much more behind it. It's the classes you choose should be to your passion. You should not be ashamed of your passion wherever you want to go. You don't have to go in the path that others tell you is the most profitable. For me, I'm going for animation. It's something that many have judged me on, and others are appreciative of it."

"When you finally get her talking, she just comes out and gives you everything you could ever want for in a student without the 'let me make myself known,' especially in today's society where everything is all about 'look at me,' 'look at my social media presence,'" said Andrea Lehman, Wismer's Honors College advisor.

Erie News Now would like to congratulate all of the nominees for this month's award.

We will surprise another lucky winner next month.