by KELLEY GUSICH | photos by Alicia Jeanne Photography

Bleeding Blue

Moving from Dallas, TX, in the sixth grade, San Marcos High School Junior Lauren Lukehart enjoys living in North County because of the diversity. “There are so many different types of people each with her own experience,” she smiled, “that I can learn from.” The different groups on campus all come together by ‘Bleeding Blue’ and showing their Knight Pride, and Lauren dove in head first, establishing herself as a campus leader.

Lauren used to be a self-described shy people-pleaser, but the move to California helped her learn more self-confidence and assertiveness. Her educational involvements include things such as JV and Varsity tennis, founder and president of the Controversial Issues Club, Link Crew Participant and now commissioner, plus member of World Citizen’s Club and Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports. She is the Junior Class President and chair of four ASB programs: Knights be Nice, Homecoming, Winter Formal, and Giving Tree.

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The community also receives much TLC from Lauren Lukehart. She’s a two-year participant in HOBY, (Hugh O’Brien Youth) a youth volunteer and service organization that’s been around since 1958. As a result of being a 2016 HOBY Ambassador, Lauren began trying an assortment of volunteer work. She is a CADA (Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse), a JDRF, and a Vista Homeless Shelter Solutions for Change volunteer, among others. “I am most passionate about ACEing Autism,” she explained, “in which I work with autistic children and teach them how to play tennis, while also working on social skills.” Her HOBY Counselor, Sara Anassori, inspires her due to an overwhelming compassion for everyone she meets, coupled with a desire to help everyone that she can. “She is also one of the happiest people I have ever met,” Lauren affirmed.

Lauren used to be a self-described shy people-pleaser, but the move to California helped her learn more self-confidence and assertiveness.

When it’s class time, her favorite is AP Lit, because not only does the teacher make the class enjoyable, but she flat-out enjoys literature and finding out the deeper meaning behind novels and poems. Due to her thorough enjoyment of ASB leadership and event planning, Lauren would love to become a business event planner. “I am a very passionate person, I never do anything a little bit, and I always give everything 100 percent.”

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Lauren’s own diverse experiences as a San Marcos Knight and in the surrounding community make this Student Star someone we all can learn from.


Name: Lauren Nicole Lukehart (17)
School: San Marcos High School
Grade: 11
Parents: John and Jeree Lukehart
Sibling: Walker Lukehart (14)
Favorite Local Spot: Double Peak at sunset