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- January 12, 2024
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MICHAEL FRANCIS MYCHAK TORNADO HERITAGE AWARD
The first-ever recipient of the Michael Francis Mychak Tornado Heritage Award is Lauren Hause of Den Mar Gardens. Lauren is currently a senior student at Mount Carmel Area High School and is positioned in the top ten of her class of 2014. Lauren, not surprisingly, used athletics as a means to challenge herself and to give her the confidence to become more involved in school activities she may have avoided. Lauren first became a member of the cross country team as a freshman and found something that she really enjoyed – running.
For Lauren, running was an escape from reality, but it also taught her a lot about herself. She discovered self-motivation and a drive that would carry over to other aspects of her life. As with other athletes, Lauren experienced the failures and hard times, but found that perseverance would pay off, as she became one of the best runners in the area. After missing qualifying for the state meet as a junior by two places, Lauren realized that with a little more work, she could reach a goal she had thought about for 3 years. It was very gratifying as a senior to finally qualify for the state championship meet as a result of her 7th place finish in the District IV meet. She did manage a116th place finish at the 2013 State Cross Country Championship. She credits coach Ben McConnell for the work he put in to allow her to become the competitor she is. Lauren also attributes her time at Mount Carmel Area for giving her the opportunities to learn about herself and helping her to become the individual she is now.
Lauren also runs with the Red Tornado track team for Team-Farronato and Ana Ditchey. She participates in the 800, 1600 and 3200 meter runs as well as the 4 x 800 meter relay. She was a district qualifier for three years with a 9th place finish in the 1600 as a junior. Lauren also medaled at District’s in the 200 free relay for the MCA swim team and Coach John Backes.
With all of the drive, determination and sacrifices that she made as a cross country athlete, it is no surprise that she is an excellent student and a distinguished honor roll student. She also is involved with the Art Club, Interact Club, Future Nurses of America, Future Teaches of America, Students Against Destructive Decisions, the Chemistry Club and the Latin Club. Lauren was also chosen as MCA’s Homecoming Queen during the 2013 football season. In addition, Lauren serves as the senior class Secretary, as well as, the secretary of the Future Nurses of America.
Her future plans are to attend Misericordia University to major in nursing. Not surprisingly, Lauren will continue to run cross country and track for very successful Coach Chris Wadas and his Cougars. The Cougars are annually in the run for the MAC Championships. She is the daughter of Mike and Susan Hause.