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While she may not be the biggest celebrity at the high school, Marilyn Paulsen has given back to the UA community for over 40 years. Find out more about her below.

By George Kankia, ’11

1 Paulsen taught math at UAHS for 25 years. Not once during these years did she miss a day due to illness. She credits her good health to running.

2 Paulsen hails from Athens, Ohio. Her father was a professor at Ohio University, and when it came time for her to select a university she stayed in her hometown. She became the third person in OU history to have a 4.0 grade point average at graduation.

3 Paulsen has demonstrated service her entire life. She has participated in 34 mission trips to 12 countries, including traveling to Kenya five times and meeting Mother Teresa in Culcutta India. She also participates in the Crop Walk where she walks 2.5 miles every year to raise money for food shelters. Paulsen has been the top earner for the last three years, raising over $4000 each year. This year she raised over $4300.

4 Paulsen loves running. She finds excuses to run downtown and has a tradition of running to the Greek festival every year. In 1978, a blizzard hit Columbus, leaving Paulsen unable to use her car. No problem. She ran everywhere she needed to go. Another time, Paulsen ran to Kingsdale after school and stopped to converse with some of the police officers in the area. One of the cops, worried about Pauslen, asked if she was in trouble or if she needed a ride, as he clocked her running 6 mph down the busy road.

5 In college she played on the Pi Beta Phi’s football team during the Powder Bowl. Her proudest moment came when her punt pinned the opposing team at the six yard line, setting up the game winning safety.