Lorene Bouboushian

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Corsicana Daily Sun, TX Jan 14 2006

Bouboushian has brought back the Leo Club to CHS

By AJ Narasimhan

Senior Lorene Bouboushian is far from an ordinary CHS student. The senior has a resume fit for a doctorate student and has proven that ambition and hard work pays off.

Ranked fourth in the class of 2006, Bouboushian has hopes of attending Barnard College in New York upon graduation to pursue degrees in both dance and anthropology.

Bouboushian has studied many aspects of dance including ballet, modern, hip-hop and her native Armenian. It gets her connected with life and her dreams.

`Dancing is uplifting, it opens the mind and lets all the energy out,' she said.

In the future, Bouboushian hopes to record dance in Armenia and incorporate the art into facets of education.

At CHS, Bouboushian is the Senior Lt. of the Calicos Dance Team, Secretary of Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), a member of the Calculus Club, two-year member of the National Honor Society, a member of the Asian Culture Club and vice-president of the Spanish Club.

With her many accomplishments, the one that makes her most proud is being President of the renewed Leo's Club. The Leo's Club is a high school division of the Sunset Lions Club, a service oriented organization. Her contributions in that area have yielded many rewards.

In Bouboushian's freshman year, some of her upperclassmen friends encouraged the then freshmen to join the club. When the sponsor of the club left, the club dissipated much to the dismay of Bouboushian.

Through her high school years, Bouboushian rallied students, faculty and community members pushing for the return of the Leo's Club. By her senior year, the dream was realized.

`When our sponsor left my freshman year, I thought we can start it up again,' Bouboushian said.

CHS teacher Jim Jones was instrumental in getting the Leo's back to Corsicana. Soon, many of Bouboushian's friends began to commit to the organization and the club proudly boasts 15 members.

In the 2005-06 school year, the Leo's have raised and donated eyeglasses to Hurricane Katrina victims, raised money for charitable organizations throughout the community and visited hospitals and assisted living centers.

The visits made a strong impression on the 18-year-old Bouboushian.

`We did all of the Heritage Oaks project ourselves and it was completely hands-on,' she said. `Our main goal in the project was to be cohesive as a team and show the spirit of giving.'

Her biggest reward from the decorating and ornament construction was doing something that made someone else feel good.

Her college of choice should let her know of admission in the spring, and Bouboushian is eagerly anticipating the news.

Bouboushian said she gets a great deal of her ambition and drive from her parents.

`I credit much of my success to my parents - without their support and broadmindedness, I feel that I would lack my drive to success and my appreciation for the arts, the world's cultures, diverse areas of knowledge, and the people with whom I interact daily,' she said.

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