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State Honoree

Lauren Garsten

Connecticut

Lauren Garsten, Choate Rosemary Hall, Wallingford, was recognized for setting up a program to take advantage of all that senior citizens have to offer children, particularly those who have been neglected. Lauren creates "trios" -- a high school volunteer, a child from a local home for abused children and a senior citizen from a nearby nursing home -- who get to know each on outings to parks, museums and zoos. Lauren trains the student coordinators.