Senior wins leader award

Staff writer

Marion High School senior Lauren McLinden won a national Students Taking Action with Recognition award last week at a national leadership conference in Nashville.

The award from the Families Career and Community Leadership Association honored her for her interviewing skills. She scored a 98 out of 100 to receive the award.

Lauren, president of the MHS chapter of FCCLA, hopes to qualify again next year.

“I had the opportunity to meet so many new people and learn new things I can take back to my group and school,” she said.

McLinden got involved in FCCLA her freshman year during in a class taught by FCCLA adviser Myrta Billings.

“We did some FCCLA assignments in her class, and I liked them,” she said. “I also had some friends in the group who encouraged me to join.”

Billings said she was proud of Lauren and thought she did an excellent job representing her school.

“Our mission is to promote personal growth and life after high school,” Lauren said. “My public speaking and leadership skills are so much better. I hope to be a teacher and FCCLA adviser someday.”

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