Lindsey Lovitt, our Teen Council founder, will be attending Duke University as a BN Duke Scholar. This endowment award is given to 10 incoming freshmen annually from the Carolinas who demonstrate "high academic achievement, a commitment to community service, and leadership potential." The award provides full tuition, room and board, and funding for two summer opportunities; one in the Carolinas, and one globally. Lindsey has been engaged in service work since the age of 9. Throughout her childhood, she has taught more than 300 cooking, nutrition, and science classes to children with economic and/or medical challenges. Growing up with a sibling with a chronic medical condition, Lindsey not only has deep empathy for children with unique challenges, but has come to realize that community health is inextricably tied to sociological and economic factors. Lindsey formed the Teen Council in order to give voice to a diverse group of teenagers who work collaboratively to find solutions to children's physical and mental health issues.
In addition to investing her time and talents in the community, Lindsey has excelled academically, graduating #1 in her class at Marvin Ridge High School (earning an IB diploma and the school's "Academic Excellence" award for the highest numeric GPA out of 100 percent for 3 consecutive years), was a National Merit Scholar finalist (with perfect scores in English on both the SAT and ACT, and 790 on the Math 2 SAT), and an AP Scholar of Distinction. Her leadership role on the Teen Council earned her national recognition as an AXA Achievement Scholar. While at Duke, Lindsey plans to pursue a major in Chemistry with a Biochemistry concentration, and minors in French and PPE (Philosophy, Political Science, and Economics). She is excited to continue to advise the Teen Council while continuing her service work in Durham, the Carolinas, and beyond.
Teen Council members attend President's Volunteer Service Award Ceremony with Charlotte's Mayor Roberts.