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My name is Lily McLaughlin

I am from a small town in the midwest, where I currently live with my two younger sisters, my parents, and my two puppies!

I am actually one of seven kids, which is so much fun! My two older sisters are currently living with their families in Utah, my oldest brother is a senior at MIT, and my other brother is a sophomore at Notre Dame. I know, they all set the bar pretty high! As a student I have maintained a 4.00 my whole life, and have been on the principal’s list on every report card period. My favorite classes are math and science, especially calculus! And I dream of one day following my passion for the two subjects to college! Along with academics, I also love sports! I started and lettered in three varsity sports my freshman year. Those sports were soccer, volleyball, and basketball! Staying active is so important to me, and I am so thankful that my family encourages me to do so! Although I love sports and academics, I am most passionate about my own organization! I created project SHINE when I was thirteen years old, and since then I have had the opportunity to talk to over ten thousand young adults and work with some amazing people in the process! If you want to read more about Project SHINE check out the platform page :)

My Project

When I was thirteen years old

I created my own organization “Project SHINE”

because of an increase in teenage suicides in my area. After winning Miss Kentucky High School America I had the opportunity to align with the national platform of this pageant system, “B.R.A.V.E.”. Through the merging of these two platforms, “Be B.R.A.V.E. and SHINE on” was created!