Young Achiever: Claire Conti
Noteworthy: Claire has raised $7,000 in goods and money in the past two years for the Animal Rescue League Shelter & Wildlife Center in Larimer. Told she was too young to volunteer at the shelter, she started an online donation drive for goods for the animals, organized a spin-a-thon at Alexander's Athletic Club in Harmar and did other fundraisers. She made more than 200 thank-you cards that she mailed to online donors and handed out at fundraising events. She ran this year's Pittsburgh Marathon kids' marathon in a Wonder Woman costume to raise money for the shelter.
Residence: Indiana Township
Family: Parents, Cassie and Matt; brother, Luca, 5; sisters Mae, 3, and Audrey, 1
School: Claire will attend first grade in Hartwood Elementary in the Fox Chapel Area School District.
Activities/interests: Claire has a green belt in tae kwon do and enjoys running and soccer. She ran her first 5K in June at the Take a Step for Your Heroes race at Pittsburgh Mills and has run the Pittsburgh kids' marathon for the past two years. She loves superheroes.
Quote: “It was really fun. I thought I was going to fly off the ground with my cape flying in the air.”
Brian Bowling is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-325-4301 or firstname.lastname@example.org.