Lauren Sanders, Graduate of the Week

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Lauren Sanders was born and raised in Monroe, Louisiana. Lauren was a student at Ouachita High School from 2016 until 2020 where she was very active in different school organizations and clubs. One organization Lauren was a part of was the school’s marching band where she was a member of the drumline. While participating in her high school’s drumline Lauren was also a member of the Monroe Youth Symphony Orchestra for four years. Lauren was also President of the Student Government Association (SGA) where she helped organize and manage events for her fellow classmates. In 2019, Lauren was crowned Les Martinique Debutante Queen. Her stellar grades helped her earn grade honor roll and become a member of the honor society. Lauren had a grade point average (GPA) of 4.0 and was valedictorian of her class. Lauren is a proud graduate of Ouachita High School, Class of 2020.

Not only did Lauren find time to be active at her school and maintain a 4.0, but she is also very active in her community. She loves her city and wants to give back in any way that she can. By giving back to her community Lauren plans on seeing the city move and grow in a positive direction. Lauren believes a city cannot mature and reach its full potential without teamwork, love, and nurturing from its residents. Lauren has always had a passion for giving back and contributing to her society and plans to continue doing so throughout her college career. One way she can do that is to become a motivational speaker so she can influence, motivate, and educate the younger generation. She wants to help the youth and generations before her stay on the right path and stay in school.

Lauren plans to attend Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans in the fall. She will be majoring in Pre-Med chemistry. Lauren has developed a special interest in the anatomy and function of the heart and lungs and is interested in furthering her knowledge on both organs. Upon completion of her undergrad degree Lauren plans to go to Medical school so she can become a cardiothoracic surgeon. One quote Lauren lives by and wants people to remember is, “Never give up because when you get past your milestone you can look back and see just how far you have come. You will be very proud of yourself for not giving up. It takes hard work to get anywhere you want to get in life so just keep pushing until you get where you want to be in life.” Lauren we are so proud of you and we know you will do great things in the future. Continue to strive for greatness and we cannot wait to see what you achieve!

Edited by: Brittany Gardenhi 


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Connie Morgan

Connie Morgan is a native of a small town called Columbia, Louisiana. Growing up in a small town had it's challenges. Connie was very good in sports especially in basketball where she played a point guard. She loved the game and was very passionate about it. Connie started playing the game of basketball in elementary. The PE teachers saw how she handled the ball and before she knew anything she was put on the (5th) grade as a point guard and played all the way through high school. As she entered Junior High School Connie discovered that she had another passion and that was being in front of the camera, but she loved being behind the camera just as much.

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