High School Senior Profile
Text and photos by Steev Riccardo
WEBSTER – Bartlett senior Lauren Hughes attributes a lot ofher great learning habits, which have resulted in high grades, to the fact that she attended St. Louis school in Webster from kindergarten until the eighth grade.
“I feel that going to St. Louis really helped me,” said Hughes. “It helped form good study habits, with the smaller classes we were able to get into. I wish they we could have read a little more in English classes and focused more on the literature, but other than that, it really prepared me for high school.”
That excellent preparation has helped earn her a number three ranking in her class and has opened a lot of doors for her as she prepares to make some important decisions about college.
Hughes, who grew up in Webster living with her mother Heidi, her father Mark, and her brother John, hopes to major in Communications and ideally would like to attend Boston University, but her plans are still somewhat up in the air.
“It’s hard to say whether I can get in (Boston University). You can look at the stats all you want but I think it all boils down to character. I try not to be too optimistic or too pessimistic about it; I’m kind of in the middle.”
With a fantastic resume and high grades, along with a lot of community service through the National Honor Society, Hughes seems like an awesome candidate with plenty of character.
“There are a lot of opportunities for community service through NHS. One of my favorite things to do is the community harvest, which we do in May. We help plant the food for the Worcester County Food Bank. It’s really nice.”
Hughes loves to read and she also enjoys writing, drawing, photography, and “anything artsy.”
When she is not being so studious, she loves horseback riding. “When I am not in school I try to spend as much time horseback riding as I can.”
She had a horse named Savannah, who had to be put down in 2011. “She was born in Savannah, Georgia, and that’s where she got her name. She was 26 years old when she had to be put down.”
Hughes also started tutoring young kids and she says, “So far so good, I like working with other people.”
With graduation looming, Hughes can feel a change coming. “I am having mixed feelings about college, I think these high school years have been great, I have had a really good time, I have a lot of great teachers and I feel comfortable going to college.”
Already accepted to Springfield College and Worcester State, she will wait and see what happens with Boston University before making her final choice.
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