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Teen of the Week Lauren Modesitt thinks helping others is the only thing in life worth doing. (Photo provided)

PARKERSBURG — Lauren Modesitt, 16, said she thinks helping people is the only thing in life worth doing.

“I just like helping people” she says. “I know it’s a bit generic, but I really think that helping people in some way, whether it’s helping with medical care in Haiti or healing someone through music at a concert in Parkersburg, W.Va., is truly the only thing worth doing in life.”

Modesitt said she went on a mission with the Friends of Fort Liberté in Haiti to help with medical care. She said COVID and travel restrictions have made mission travel more difficult in recent years.

“I helped organize and distribute medicines and supplies. I also wrote tables and helped with the reception of patients,” she says. “I also distributed donated items that we take with us like toothbrushes, shoes and clothes.”

Modesitt said she felt helpful helping with medical care in Haiti.

Lauren Modesitt, right, stands with her private voice and piano teacher Pamela McClain, left, at the West Virginia State Solo Ensemble Recital this year. (Photo provided)

“Mission trips make me feel useful, like I’ve had a small, lasting positive impact on the world,” she says.

Modesitt said she has been involved in choir since elementary school and has sung in Smoot theater ensembles, church choir, Parkersburg High School a cappella choir, chamber choir and has taken singing and piano lessons.

“I was interested in an a cappella choir because I knew the program was amazing to go to the Christmas concert every year since I can remember,” she says. “Beyond the school choir, I have always loved music and it has always been part of my life. I have always gone to churches with musical worship services which inspired me to get involved in this way and I have always known people in various community choirs which made me want to join .

Modesitt said she loves the choir because of all the time and effort put into it without feeling stressed or overwhelming.

“The choir gives me a sense of community. It’s just a unique type of expression that allows you to have that artistic outlet while being supported by the other members of the choir. she says. “And your personal connection to the music and what you’re individually trying to express with it is deepened by the larger connections of the choir as a whole. It’s also generally super fun because you meet so many new people and make music together.

Lauren Modesitt with her ensemble before a choir competition in Nashville. Left to right are Katie Riggs, Modesitt, Sofia Olson and Lily Floyd. (Photo provided)

Modesitt said she plans to go to college after graduating from high school. She said she was interested in going to West Virginia University, the University of Cincinnati in Ohio or Appalachian State University in North Carolina. She said WVU is close to home, Cincinnati has an amazing music conservatory, and the state has a great teaching program.

“I intend to specialize in music education. My music teachers and directors have always been the mentors I respect and admire the most,” she says. “I am grateful to them for giving me an art form that I love. I want to do it for others because I know it made a real difference in my life and helped me a lot.

After graduating, Modesitt said she wanted to establish and elevate music programs in West Virginia schools where the arts are an afterthought because she always believed that music was just as important as the arts. other subjects.

James Dobbs can be contacted at jdobbs@newsandsentinel.com

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