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Senior Spotlight - Brailey Lanning, Northeast Magnet High School

Northeast Magnet senior Brailey LanningBrailey Lanning, senior at Northeast Magnet, didn’t find her spark until her last year of high school. Through her determination to volunteer at her school and to get an internship, she says she gained skills that will help her in the future.

“Getting involved or volunteering in school just wasn’t my thing,” she said.  “Then I suddenly realized this is my last year of high school. This is it. I should make the most of it.”

Despite not being involved her first three years of high school, Brailey ran for senior class president.

“I try a personal approach to get to know each student and to show that I care about them. I encourage them to be involved in school, too.  In this role, I have learned so much on how to be a leader.”

As part of her desire to get involved, she had an internship at the Park City water treatment plant.

“I’m in the BioMed program at Northeast and my goal was to experience working in a lab. But I learned more than that. I learned how to be a better researcher.”

“The most beneficial thing my mentor said to me was I needed to understand the processes behind the research, so when something goes wrong or you get a result that you didn’t expect, I can work through it and understand why,” she said.

Brailey said what she learned during her internship are skills she can take with her into college and beyond.

While she really enjoyed her internship, she realized that working in a lab might not be what she wants to do for a career.

She plans to go to Wichita State in the fall but hasn’t decided on a major. She wants to continue to be leader and plans to get involved in campus activities.

Watch Brailey’s Senior Spotlight video.