Mar Vista resident Lucy Tauber might be known as one of her high school’s top athletes, but she doesn’t limit her extracurricular contributions to the athletic field.
The 18-year-old senior at Vistamar School, a private high school in El Segundo, is the type of student who embodies versatility.
As an athlete, the five-foot-six Tauber plays middle blocker on Vistamar’s varsity volleyball team and helps lead the team as captain. She also stars on the school’s track team, having set the school record in the 100-meter dash and helping set the four-by-100-meter relay record.
But aside from her achievements in sports, Tauber is active as a copy editor on the school newspaper, helps teach elementary school students to read, has taught English to students in China and has interned with a marketing company during the summer. She has maintained a 4.1 grade point average on top of all that.
Tauber has also founded her school’s community service club, co-founded the educational outreach group Global Connections and created a community fundraiser that helped a student from Burma attend college in the U.S.
“It opened up my eyes and showed that you don’t have to go somewhere else to change someone’s life,” Tauber said of the community bake sale fundraiser she called “Malts for Mimi.”
With all of the various programs Tauber takes part in, she very well might run out of room when listing her extracurricular activities on her college applications. Tauber doesn’t seem to have trouble managing her time and says she doesn’t view the various activities as chores.
“It doesn’t seem like work to me,” said Tauber, who was born in New York but has lived in Southern California for most of her life. “If you like the things you do, you make time for them.”
When she does manage to have some spare time, Tauber says she enjoys spending time with family and friends, doing art, going to the beach and attending concerts.
Recognized for her contributions both on and off the athletic field, Tauber was recently named Student Athlete Citizen of the Week by Fox Sports News West/ Prime Ticket. She received the honor on-air during a national TV broadcast of the High School Spotlight Show last month.
Nominations for the award, which recognizes high school student athletes from around the country who are making a difference on the athletic field, in the classroom and the community, are accepted from about 570 California Interscholastic Federation high schools throughout the year.
Tauber said she was honored to be selected amongst other student athletes who are also “doing amazing things as well.”
“It was really great to see that I was nominated not just for athletic ability but for things that really matter,” said Tauber, who is the first Vistamar student to receive the honor.
Vistamar athletic director Jim Drennen, who nominated Tauber for the Fox Sports News award, said she was the first person he thought of when he learned of the award.
“When I read the description, it just fit her,” Drennen said. “She’s like a Renaissance woman. She’s very committed to what she gets involved in and she has a strong character.”
Drennen noted that Tauber was instrumental in getting the volleyball and track teams off the ground at Vistamar, which was founded in 2005. She also helped get the school newspaper “up and running,” the athletic director added.
Tauber will be among the first senior class to graduate from Vistamar this spring. She is not sure which college she plans to attend after graduation, but lists University of California-Santa Cruz, University of Washington and Sarah Lawrence College as her top choices.
Tauber, who is interested in studying international business, said she looks forward to college life to be able to expand her horizons even more.