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Bulloch Academy: LAUREN MCKINNEY
Class of 2022 Valedictorians
Lauren McKinney
Lauren McKinney

Lauren McKinney has been a student at Bulloch Academy since she was in kindergarten, and she says her senior year has been the best one so far, full of fun and memories.

McKinney has spent the year focused on her academics, but she’s also had fun with her friends, cheering with them at football and basketball games and hanging out in the halls at school. 

McKinney calls herself a classic Type A personality — she never waits to start an assignment. 

“I do not like to procrastinate. Starting in kindergarten, I have always done my homework right when I got home, so I was done early. I want to know that if I have something to do that it is done promptly and correctly,” she said. “I have continued this habit all the way through school, and it has served me well.”

She says the highlight of her academic career thus far has been being chosen as valedictorian, and as a UGA Merit Scholar. She has also been named an honor graduate, and is part of the National Honor Society. She’s made the Headmaster’s List annually, and was a yearly Scholar Athlete.  She won the Scholar AP Award, was a Georgia Youth Ambassador, and is the recipient of the Zell Miller and UGA College of Agriculture and Environmental Science scholarships. She also received a Wesleyan College full scholarship, and won her school’s high school reading award.

McKinney is planning to attend the University of Georgia this fall, and will major in biological sciences on the pre-med track. She picked the school because of its excellent academic programs, and several members of her family have also been Dawgs.

As for going away to college, she says she’s looking forward to meeting new people and rushing a sorority. 

And oh yeah — there’s also that going to medical school thing. She’s looking forward to that as well. 

“I have always wanted to go to medical school because math and science are my favorite subjects, and I have a lot of doctors in my family. I know the impact they can make. My grandfather is an organ donor recipient and without the skill of the doctors that treated him he would not be alive today,” she said. 

McKinney says her parents are her heroes, because “they have always been supportive of me and make sure I have always had everything I need.”

“I also greatly admire Dr. Ruthie Crider, because she is a lady physician who is actively involved in our community and school, an emergency room doctor, and an involved mom of two. She has helped our family many times,” she said. 

When she’s not studying or mapping out her medical career, McKinney says she enjoys being at the beach or by the pool. She also has enjoyed volunteering with the elementary cheer teams at Bulloch Academy,  as well as volunteering with the Vacation Bible School at First United Methodist Church. 


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