Hi, my name is Lauren Flanagan and I am currently a junior at the Massachusetts Academy of Math and Science.
I currently live in Douglas, MA. However, I previously lived in other towns in Massachusetts, including Wrentham, Taunton, and Plainville. I also lived in Virginia for a year, near the Shenandoah Valley. My family has always been a major part of my life; we do everything together. We sing, play music, go on trips, and watch movies and shows together. We also love to watch the Patriots games during football season, especially if they make it to the Superbowl. I have two brothers (Brian and Sean) who are both in college currently. Brian is a junior at WPI and Sean is a sophomore at UMass Amherst.
I have always been interested in music. I have played the piano for 9 years and plan on continuing in the future. I also love to sing. I participated in the Douglas School Chorus in eighth and ninth grade. I have been to many concerts in my life including a Norah Jones concert when I was an infant. I also went to concerts for Pat Benatar, Van Halen, Haley Reinhart, Get the Led Out, Dan and Shay, and 38 Special. I always have a great time at these events and plan on going to many more in the future.
Sports are an important part of my life; I played volleyball in eighth, ninth, and tenth grade, winter track in ninth grade, and outdoor track in seventh, eighth, and ninth grade. I also love to play sports at home with my family, including everything from wiffleball to football and lacrosse. I was the captain of the junior varsity girls volleyball team at Douglas High School and even made the varsity team my sophomore year. Overall, I have a lot of fun both playing and watching sports.
In April, I, along with Joel White and Mai Pham, developed and ran a workshop for middle school students on creative writing at MAMS. This workshop was for an event called SPLISH, where middle school students engage in interesting and fun learning activities, such as creative writing, juggling, and all assortments of crafts. I was also involved in a related event at the Worcester Regional Science and Engineering Fair, during which various workshops from SPLISH were selected to run them during the break at WRSEF. I was a part of the duct tape crafts workshop, in which we created duct tape flowers, wallets, and bow ties. This was a very rewarding experience, as we had many children come to our station.
I also volunteer at the Habitat for Humanity Restore in Worcester, MA. I sort, package, price, and distribute donations throughout the store and help customers find items. I have had a great time volunteering here, seeing how the work I do benefits other people's lives and how much they appreciate what I do. All of the other volunteers and senior workers here are very helpful and welcoming. I look forward to doing more volunteer work here over the summer! To learn more about the Habitat Restore, click here.