OSSEO, Minn -- For four years Erin Hagemeyer excelled at Osseo High school, yet Erin was convinced that almost nobody noticed.
"You feel kind of like, oh, nobody really cares what I'm doing", says Erin. "But, I know that I work really hard in this school, not only just for my academic self, but to be a part of the community in the school."
Turns out, Erin wasn't quite as anonymous as she thought.
Recommended to be a KARE-11 Academic All-Star, Erin, admits she has never really clamored for the spotlight.
"Not really, no", says Erin. "I'm kind of an understated, in the background person."
But, all that was about to change.
Safely engaged in her class, Erin suddenly witnessed the door burst open and a local TV reporter and cameraman barge into the room.
"Good morning, everybody, we're here from KARE-11 this morning", began the reporter. "We hate to interrupt your class but, it's for a good reason. I need to find Erin Hagemeyer. Where is Erin Hagemeyer?"
Erin put her hand up as most of her classmates mutely pointer towards her. It was at that point that the reporter produced an oversize check and continued.
"Erin my dear, you are this week's Academic All-Star! I have a check for you for $111 dollars, courtesy of Trustone Financial."
The, he instructed the stunned class, "This is where we all applaud, this is a good thing!"
Good indeed, and it was also validation for 4-years of outstanding effort. Erin's hard work has resulted in a 4-0 GPA, and a #4 class rank. She's a member of the student senate and this year Erin was asked to be co-editor of 'The Calliope', Osseo's annual literary magazine.
"That was kind of surprising", said Erin. "But, also nice because I have a couple of works published in it."
Another surprise for Erin came when her Osseo team won Minnesota's "We the People" competition, an event focusing on the constitution and the government, in their first try.
"We weren't planning on having any shot at winning", said Erin. "But, now we're trying to get to DC for the national competition."
In the mean time, soft-spoken Erin is finding out that being in the spotlight isn't all bad.
Said Erin, "Even just walking down the hall to math I heard like 4 or 5 people say, 'that's a giant check, why does she have it?' So, it was kind of interesting."