LaNell CoffeySchool: Mount Hebron High SchoolHometown...


November 22, 1993

LaNell Coffey

School: Mount Hebron High School

Hometown: Ellicott City

Age: 17

This Mount Hebron senior wears many hats. She's the reigning Miss Maryland Talented Teen and the second runner-up in the International Talented Teen Pageant, where she competed with 40 others from around the world this summer.

She's also a scholar who's researching the lifestyle of black Americans and their high rate of cardiovascular disease -- a project she's undertaken with the help of a University of Maryland cardiologist.

She is a Maryland Distinguished Scholar Honorable Mention and a National Honor Society member. She's treasurer of the African American Awareness Association as well as the Student Government Association. She sits on the Senior Board and the school's Human Relations Board. Her other activities include the Viking Service Club, the Guidance Advisory Board and the Black History Month Assembly, which she's coordinating this year.

In previous years, she's been a member of Young Life and Campaigners, both Christian youth groups, as well as the junior-varsity volleyball team and the It's Academic team.

Outside of school, she's president of the Community Baptist Church youth department and president of the local Jack & Jill of America Inc., a teen group. She's host and moderator for "Teen Scene," a cable television teen talk show.

A piano player for 13 years, she won first place in "Baltimore's Showcase of Stars" talent competition and two gold medals in the NAACP's local ACT-SO competition in instrumental classical and instrumental contemporary categories. Last year, she PTC placed first place in the ACT-SO competition's oratorical contest.

Plans: LaNell sets her sights on becoming a heart surgeon. "Ever since my father had a heart attack, I think that's when I focused on becoming a heart surgeon."

Her comments: "My parents play a significant part in my life. I'm fortunate to have great parents. They're behind me 100 percent."

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