Siblings: Derek, Douglas, Liam, and Siobhan Faughnan.
Favorite subject: Science.
Favorite way to relax: Binge-watch TV shows, read, sleep.
The biggest influence in your life: My mother.
What’s important to you: Being authentic and honest while doing the best I can in everything I do.
Future goals: Become a pediatric reconstructive plastic surgeon, earn a medical degree at Harvard Medical School, earn a degree in molecular biology from Princeton University.
Favorite movie: “Ghostbusters.”
Favorite TV show: “Law and Order: SVU” or “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.”
Best musical performer: Macklemore.
Favorite guilty pleasure: Popcorn.
Best advice you’ve received: Learn how to fail at something early on, but more importantly, learn to overcome that failure.
Favorite quote: “‘You want to grow up to be a lady, don’t you?’ I said not particularly.”—Scout responding to Uncle Jack in “To Kill a Mockingbird,” by Harper Lee.
Honors you’ve received:
Full scholarship to Princeton University; A Honor Roll; QuestBridge STEM Scholarship recipient; Florida Girls State delegate; delegate at the National Congress of Future Medical Leaders; Take Stock in Children Scholarship recipient; Take Stock in Children 2+2 Scholarship upgrade; Leaders 4 Life Fellow; QuestBridge College Prep Scholar; QuestBridge National College Match finalist; QuestBridge Scholar; Lake County STEM Regional Scholar; Leesburg High School Band Gold Service Award; Leesburg High School Band Most Outstanding Officer; Florida ACT Student College and Career Readiness champion; Superior at District Solo and Ensemble Music Festival (six individual times); Superior with Distinction at State Solo and Ensemble Music Festival (four individual times); Most Outstanding Underclassmen for National Beta Club; Harvard University Academic Award of Excellence; Leesburg Area Chamber of Commerce Honorable Mention for Outstanding Community Service; Lake County 2019 Top Scholar.
Clubs and organizations:
National Honor Society, three years (president, one year; secretary, one year).
National Beta Club, three years (president, one year; secretary, one year).
Science National Honor Society, two years (treasurer, one year; secretary, one year).
Mu Alpha Theta, a math honor society, four years (president, one year; secretary, one year).
Tri-M, a music honor society, four years (historian, one year; vice president, one year).
Leesburg High School Band, four years (officer, one year; colonel, a top officer, one year).
QuestBridge, which connects to students to college scholarship opportunities.
The Villages Regional Hospital volunteer.
Take Stock in Children, four years.
Students in Action, one year, with more than 300 service hours earned.
Hi-Q, an academic team, four years.
Hannah Graduated from Leesburg high with a 4.98 GPA
Leigh Neely began her writing career with a weekly newspaper in the Florida panhandle, where she not only did the writing, but delivered the papers to the post office and dispensers. She has been writing ever since for a variety of newspapers and magazines from New Jersey to Leesburg. With her writing partner, Jan Powell, Leigh has published two novels as Neely Powell.
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