On her first day of kindergarten at Southdown Primary School so many years ago the thought of being a Huntington High School senior one day surely never passed Lauren Berg’s mind. The time has passed quickly and the teenager has started her final year of high school, one that should be sensational in every way.
Some of Ms. Berg’s senior year classes include Advanced Placement Statistics, AP Government and Politics, AP Environmental Science and Multicultural Literature. Her college plans haven’t come into focus yet, but she is interested in studying psychiatry.
“Lauren is the best type of person you can ask for to have as a best friend,” senior Julia Aureliano said. “She is constantly putting other’s needs before her own. She is the most selfless, kind, passionate girl you will ever meet. Whenever I need help, I know I can go to Lauren. She gives the best advice and always knows how to make you feel better and put a smile on your face. She is also so reliable and I can count on her for anything. She will help anyone whenever they need it. She is also one of the funniest people I have ever met without a doubt. I’m so beyond lucky to call her my best friend!”
After many years as a performing gymnast, Ms. Berg is now coaching the sport at Sagamore Academy of Gymnastics in Syosset. The youngsters she works with simply adore her.
“Lauren is really an amazing person inside and out,” senior Isabella Fox said. “When you meet her you can instantly tell she’s a genuine person. She’s very caring, passionate and a funny gal. She’s one of my closest friends and definitely brings out the best in me.”
Her senior year will be a busy one for Ms. Berg, who in addition to her classes and coaching plans to volunteer with the high school’s Habitat for Humanity chapter.
“What people should know about Lauren is she’s probably the kindest person to anyone she meets, even strangers,” said senior Cassia Machado, one of Ms. Berg’s best friends. “Nobody should ever take her for granted because she’ll always put other people’s feelings in front of her own no matter what the situation is and with all of that she’s crazy smart. That girl’s going to be making lots of money when she’s older with that noggin of hers.”
It will take some time for Ms. Berg’s college plans to take shape. In the meantime, she intends to let her senior year unfold and go with the flow. “I’ve enjoyed my time in Huntington,” she said.