Celebrating Our 2017 Graduating Seniors

We will be posting a new graduating senior profile each day leading up to May 26, the last day for seniors.
Graduating Senior: Lauren Dewberry

Lauren Dewberry

Overlea High School (Shady Spring Elementary, Parkville Middle)

Tell us about a teacher, assignment, field trip, or extracurricular activity that had a significant impact on you during your years as a BCPS student?

There were three teachers who had a significant impact on my life. They were all teachers at Shady Spring Elementary School. They are Mrs. Drakos (1st Grade), Mrs. Gaston (4th Grade) and Mrs. Luken (5th grade). These three teachers saw potential in me before I saw it in myself. They helped to push me to be confident and taught me great work ethic. These three teachers also taught me how to love math, without them I don't think I would be entering the engineering field.  

During your years as a BCPS student, what did you accomplish that you are most proud of? 

During my 14 years (Pre K - 12th grade) as a BCPS student I accomplished a lot. The one accomplishment that I am most proud of would be myself. In my eyes, my personal development is my biggest accomplishment. I am proud of the intelligent young woman I am today, without the help of my mother, Natasha Dewberry, and some amazing staff of BCPS I wouldn't be the person I am today.

What’s next for you? What are your college or employment plans immediately after graduation?

I am pleased to say that I will be attending Howard University in Washington, DC, for the next four years. I will be majoring in chemical engineering with a focus on aeronautics. 

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Where do I see myself in 10 years? Hmmm… that's a great question! I see myself working at NASA as a chemical engineer. By then I will be known as Dr. Dewberry, not Ms. Dewberry anymore, because I will have completed my PhD in chemical engineering. I also hope that I am genuinely happy with the life I created for myself.

“When you ask Lauren how she is doing her reply is, ‘sensational.’ It is how she strives each day to live her life. She is definitively what we want young women to be. She is determined, a natural leader, intelligent, kind, and has an empathy for others that is rarely seen at her age.

“Whether she is in an AP classroom, basketball court, lacrosse or soccer field, she is leading by example, trying her hardest and helping others succeed. She absolutely motivates her classmates and teammates each day to achieve more, dream bigger, and become more confident in their own abilities.

“Lauren will truly be missed at Overlea High School.’

Jenni Stump, school counselor

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