#MNPSco2018: Lauren Burgess, MLK

Lauren Burgess

Lauren Burgess

“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” - Maya Angelou

This quote is used to describe Martin Luther King Jr. High School senior Lauren Burgess, recognized as a quiet and unassuming student who achieved many accomplishments in her time in Metro Schools. Burgess served as a member of the Beta Club and National Honor Society and was also a Student Ambassador, cheerleader, band member, MLK Freshman Orientation Leader and a participant in many Parent University student panels. The panels discussed the importance of having school counselors available to help students through difficult times. Burgess achieved these tasks all while dealing with her own difficult times—a close family member’s struggle with mental health. Burgess credits her unwavering focus on school during those difficult times to her former counselor, Seliene Bignall. While her journey to get to this point has not been an easy one, she has faced the challenges head-on and put forth the effort to finish strong.

“As Lauren transitions into her new life’s journey, her wings have been made strong by the lasting friendships, the lessons learned, the care given by many of her teachers and counselors, the opportunities afforded to her by Lake Providence Missionary Baptist Church, the everlasting love and support of her family and delight in the beauty of the butterfly,” an individual close to the student said.

Burgess will attend the University of Tennessee, Knoxville this fall, majoring in Sociology, with a concentration in Criminology and Criminal Justice.

“I want to make a difference in our society by helping to better understand crime as a social phenomenon – understanding the causes of crime, different types of crime, and their consequences to our society,” Burgess said.

Good luck and congratulations on all of your success!