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Leah Lauber was selected by District 1 Council member Rick Kriseman, along with the St. Petersburg City Council, as the December Student Citizen of the Month.

Lauber has lived in St. Petersburg since age 3 and played soccer since age 7.

She has been recognized as an ""Everyday Hero" by Bay News 9, in the cover story of Positive Teens Magazine, and as a finalist in a national journalism contest.

The St. Petersburg Catholic High School senior maintains a 3.5 grade point average with a rigorous course of honors classes. Six years ago, as a 12-year-old junior reporter, Lauber earned a coveted spot as a volunteer member of the St. Petersburg Times X-Press page.

In addition to her stories about notable classmates, concert reviews and movies, Lauber wrote five articles about the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team as it prepared for and won the historic 1999 Women's World Cup, and authored a 92-page book, Soccer Dreams.

During the past four years, Lauber has provided more than 450 hours of community service, volunteering each summer as a teacher's assistant at the Arts Center of St. Petersburg and as a youth group leader at Central Christian Church.

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