Class of 2020 Spotlight: Lauren Moran

Lauren Moran

Lauren Moran

What are your after school plans? (i.e., if you plan to head to college, please write the college’s name and what you plan to major)
I plan to attend Stone Hill College in Massachusetts to play division 2 field hockey and major in communications.

Is there a particular moment or memory that stands out for you during your time at Niskayuna High School?
I had the amazing opportunity to go to Italy with the Latin program during my junior year. I went with all of my best friends and my favorite teachers where we traveled and ate all over the country from Rome down to Sorrento. It was one of the best experiences I had during my time at Niskayuna and I will cherish those memories forever.

How would friends and acquaintances describe you?
I think my friends would describe me as creative, passionate, and thoughtful.

I heard you excelled in field hockey, what was your favorite thing about the sport? Being on the team?
My favorite thing about the sport overall is how it has introduced me to so many new people and friends I would’ve never known without it. Field hockey has given me some of my best friends and I honestly don’t know what I would do without them in my life. Being on the team either at school or club, my favorite thing is that win or lose your teammates will support each other as a family does.

I am told you worked on the school newspaper, what was your favorite story you wrote/covered?
The most powerful article I ever wrote was about the 2019 Met Gala. I am obsessed with the fashion world and all of its complexities. I have never been more captivated with a theme than I was with the 2019’s gala theme of “Camp.” Due to “Camp” having a broad definition it allowed designers to be truly free in the way they wanted to express their creativity without restrictions. Through writing this I was able to explore all the different designs and even find my own personal definition of “Camp.”

Is there an achievement or contribution that you are most proud of?
I am proud of being double certified as a ski instructor for the Professional Ski Instructors of America. I got my Level I certification in my junior year and my Children’s Specialist certification in my senior year. It took a lot of clinical hours and studying but it was all worth it. 

What was your favorite thing about high school? Did you have a favorite subject?
My favorite part about high school is seeing my friends and teachers every day. I am so thankful that over the years I have built many friendships with so many different people through my classes, sports, and clubs. My favorite subject in school was either language or history. 

Were you a part of any sports, extracurricular activities, clubs, etc.?
Other than field hockey I also ran track for 5 years as a distance runner. On top of the newspaper, I am also the vice president of the National Honors Society and President of the Latin Club. 

If you could give your freshman self advice, what would it be?
I would tell my freshman self (although it’s cliché) to savor every single moment in high school. Especially in this unprecedented time of not being able to close out my four years, I would urge my freshman self to have fun and never take a moment for granted. Also, I would tell myself to use the water fountain next to the New Gym because it has the best water.

Where do you hope to see yourself in five years?
I hope to see myself in five years with a diploma from Stone Hill in communications and beginning my professional career in the writing or creative field of fashion and entertainment. 

What will you miss about high school?
I will miss my closest teachers and coaches who I have gotten to know and cherish over the past four years. I know I will see my friends again during breaks in college but I will never get back what I had in the classroom or on the field with my favorite teachers and coaches. 

Is there anything else you would like to share with me?
I will miss my closest teachers and coaches who I have gotten to know and cherish over the past four years. I know I will see my friends again during breaks in college but I will never get back what I had in the classroom or on the field with my favorite teachers and coaches. 

What piece of content (TV show, YouTube channel, book, etc.) do you think everyone should know about and that you recommend and why?
My favorite TV series I have watched is American Crime Story both the Assassination of Gianni Versace and The People vs OJ Simpson on Netflix or FX. Not only does this series do an excellent job at capturing the whole story but the actors do an amazing job at portraying the human emotion that comes along with it.