Junior Lauren Gray has made contributions in many areas during her time at Scecina, from academics to athletics, from fine arts to community service. She is in the Top 10 of her class, an accomplished musician, a varsity cheerleader and a member of the National Honor Society.
Each week the Scecina Student Spotlight introduces the Crusader Community to a current Scecina student who has been a recipient of the President's Academic Excellence Award.
By Cari Gallagher '93
When asked what three things she has in her possession at all times, Scecina junior Lauren Gray answered “my phone, my glasses, and my sparkling personality!” That unique response reflects Lauren’s quirky personality and optimistic nature yet also reveals her understanding that we are our own best resource.
With a positive attitude and strong sense of self, Lauren has achieved tremendous success at Scecina Memorial High School. She has made contributions to many areas from academics to athletics, fine arts to community service. She is in the top 10 for the Class of 2017, an accomplished musician, a varsity cheerleader, and a member of the National Honor Society.
Although Lauren excels in all of her courses, she particularly enjoys her English and literature. She is enrolled in AP Language Arts. An avid reader, her favorite book is “A Farewell to Arms” by Ernest Hemingway, the story of a love affair between the expatriate American Henry and Catherine Barkley against the backdrop of the First World War. Lauren’s schedule also includes a number of honors classes such as AP Biology, AP United States History, and AP Psychology. Her commitment to her education has earned Lauren numerous honors, including the President’s Academic Excellence Award (2014, 2015, 2016), the Scecina Scholar Athlete Award (2014, 2015, 2016) and ICC Academic All-Conference Honors (2015).
Lauren’s academic accomplishments are impressive, but perhaps her biggest contribution to Scecina is in the Fine Arts Department. She plays the violin, piano and guitar. She is a frequent soloist at Scecina’s Sacred Music Concerts, as well as the Spring and Winter Music Concerts. She also played in the house band for this year’s spring musical “Disney’s Tarzan.” Passionate about music, this school year Lauren embarked on an independent orchestra study program to supplement her musical education. She also participates in the Advanced Chorus. Lauren plans to continue her music in college and major in music composition, although she is undecided on which school
Lauren also represents the Crusaders as a varsity cheerleader. She has cheered for three football seasons, including the 2015 Sectional Championship, and two basketball seasons. She has participated in the ICC Cheerleading Competition (2014, 2015).
As part of the cheerleading program, Lauren has served the Crusader Community by delivering Thanksgiving meals through Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, working in the concession stand and cleaning up after athletic events, and teaching cheerleading skills to future Crusaders at Scecina’ s summer camps program.
As her junior year at Scecina comes to a close, Lauren is looking ahead. She says, “My biggest challenge so far is deciding what I want to do with my life,” but there is one thing she is sure of: “I will crusade for equal pay for woman.”
Lauren is the daughter of Jaci and Daniel Gray. Her sister Madeline will graduate from Scecina this spring, and her brother Garrison is a future Crusader, Class of 2026.
Posted on Fri, April 1, 2016
by Beth Murphy