Louis Laine

Louis Laine

Hometown: Vauxhall, N.J.
High School: St. Benedict's Prep
Intended major: Psychology, Francophone studies
Possible career: Medicine

Louis was born and raised in Port-au-Prince, Haïti, and migrated to the United States at age 9. Not knowing any English when he first arrived in the U.S., Louis taught himself the language by listening to recordings of famous American speeches. At Saint Benedict's Preparatory School in Newark, NJ he was involved in an array of activities which ranged from athletics to student-run organizations. He was a Group Leader and was responsible for the academic performance, comportment, and daily attendance of 30 students, while balancing his own grades and other activities. Louis was also an admissions officer for the school. During his junior year, he cofounded a program which focused on teaching English to Haitian refugees after the 2010 earthquake.

Louis is a natural born leader. He spent much of his High School career developing public speaking and overall communication skills and has taken on a "big brother" role to many of the students at his high school and community. After being inducted into the National Honor Society, Louis was in charge of tutoring and mentoring students both in his own and the lower grades. He also mentored inner city kids. Louis aspires to become a civil rights lawyer and wants to fight for the preservation of justice in underprivileged communities.