Meet Lauren Kalmus

Lauren Kalmus

By Joan Frances –

As a senior at Morton Ranch High School, Lauren Kalmus has achieved success as a leader in academics, as well as extracurricular activities. She is a generous and caring student and looks forward to an exciting future.

Kalmus has taken Advanced Placement classes throughout her high school career. She held an officer position every year at her school, and she is currently President of her senior class and Vice President of the Student Council. She is also Vice President of National English Honor Society (NEHS), as well as a member of National Honor Society (NHS) and the Parent, Teacher, Student Association (PTSA). Kalmus received a Leadership award last year and participates in the Chick-fil-a Leadership Academy.

Kalmus’ favorite teacher is Mr. Ira Wood, her AP Language teacher. “He’s my favorite teacher because since freshman year, he’s been a rock for me. When I was upset with a friend or another teacher, he would let me talk to him. Whenever I felt down about myself, he always cheered me up and kept me on the right track with my decisions. I’m very blessed to have had Mr. Wood as a teacher, and I’ll always be grateful that he has been a role model in my life.”

One value Kalmus lives by is kindness. “You never know what someone is going through in their life, and your one act of kindness could be something that changes their whole perspective. The Dalai Lama said, ‘The more we care for the happiness of others, the greater is our own sense of well-being.’”

Kalmus’ leadership skills are admirable. “Being a leader in my school is so fulfilling because I get to impact people’s lives and make them feel better about themselves. I like being the person people go to for help. When my friends are having a bad day, I like reminding them of how amazing they are. I also enjoy the responsibility that comes with being a leader, and I hope to nurture future leaders in my school. As a class officer I have the ability to connect with people from every background. I enjoy being able to bring people together and share my support for their ambitions.

“My past few years at Morton Ranch have been the best years of my life. I’ve made some amazing friends, and I’ve really found out who I am as a person. Over the years I’ve surrounded myself with positive people and a supportive administration team. I honestly couldn’t have asked for a better high school experience. Morton Ranch is so diverse and filled with so many organizations, teams and people who support each other. I am really going to miss it after graduation.”

In addition to her academic commitments, Kalmus played soccer, was a member of the swim team, an athletic trainer and this year, she is the volleyball manager.              

When she is not at school, Kalmus volunteers for fundraisers and events at her church, Holy Covenant, as well as for Franz Elementary. She helped at the after-school program at Sundown Elementary, the Summer Program at Memorial Herman and coached at the leadership camp Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA). Her goal is to attend Texas Woman’s University and pursue a degree in nursing. “My whole life I’ve loved helping people, and I’ve always found the medical field fascinating. This way I’ll be able to fulfill my passion of helping people and making some good money while I’m at it.”

Thank you Lauren Kalmus for your compassion and kindness to everyone you meet. Good luck as you move forward to make this world a better place to live.