Meet Lauren Carlton

Meet Lauren Carlton

By Joan Frances –

James E. Taylor High School challenges its students to expand their knowledge with advanced academics as well as motivating sports and extracurricular activities. Senior Lauren Carlton is self-motivated, well-organized, determined, has excellent verbal skills and the ability to work under pressure. She has achieved respect and recognition and is looking forward to continuing her education in the future.

Carlton has taken Advanced Placement classes throughout her high school career. She is a member of the National Honor Society (NHS), National Technical Honor Society (NTHS), Spanish Club and Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA). Last year, she was awarded Academic All District.

She is reflective about what makes her teachers special. “My favorite teachers are the ones that create a personal relationship with each of their students. They can make any uninteresting subject or topic exciting and grab my attention, and their class is one I look forward to going to. Khalil Gibran said, ‘The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind.’”

One value she lives by is kindness. “I believe kindness is a power action that can positively change the world. Accepting and loving everyone impacts each person you are kind to and can make a day.”

Carlton’s forte is soccer, and she has been a member of the soccer team since freshman year. She was voted Most Improved Player, Players’ Player/Overall Well-Rounded Player and Player of the Week for the high school team. She was the captain of the sports group club soccer team for the past three years. “As the captain, it taught me not only to voice my ideas but to listen to everyone else’s. Being a leader can be challenging because you are expected to make no mistakes, but it is very rewarding at the same time knowing you are impacting your team.”

One thing she will treasure the most from her high school years she said, “My friends are who made my high school experience memorable. Every weekend we get together and go out for dinner or be crazy at someone’s house, stay up late or have our own carpool karaoke.”

In addition to her school commitments, Carlton is engaged in substantial volunteer activities. She is a member of the high school youth group, Young Life, and the hospitality team at Living Word Lutheran Church. She was selected to represent high school youth in a promotional video for the Church’s 2020 Vision. For the past seven years, Carlton assisted her pastors as a torch bearer and crucifer and at the Journey to the Cross Good Friday event at her church. She was also selected to be interviewed by the Houston Chronicle about the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) National Youth Gathering. They painted and cleaned the daycare center and painted creative murals on the fence. For the past two summers, she was in charge of the food stand and ran a carnival game for Orange County Sheriff’s Department Cops and Kids summer program. She also took a mission trip this past summer to Atlanta, Georgia to help the large population of homeless people repair buildings.

After graduation, Carlton anticipates attending Texas Tech University, Oklahoma State University or Texas State University to earn a degree in health science and to continue her education by obtaining a graduate degree in physical therapy. Congratulations Lauren Carlton for your kindness and devotion to your fellow man. Good luck as you take the next step to a very successful future.