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Bayless High School Junior Honored for Service, Leadership

Luella Loseille, 17, won a scholarship from the YWCA Future Leader Award program.

Luella Loseille, a junior at Bayless High School, has been named a runner up for the YWCA Future Leader Award. 

The YWCA of Metro St. Louis recognizes five young women each year for their leadership skills with this scholarship.

Loseille, 17, was one of four students who will win a $500 runner-up award. Nina Barbleh, of Carnahan High School, won the $1,500 scholarship.

Veronica Marshall, development assistant for the YWCA, said this year the YWCA did a pilot program with the future leader program and offered students workshops on service learning and leadership. 

Marshall said her first impression of Luella based on the workshops was that she was friendly. 

"She just exuded bubbliness and happiness," Marshall said. "From her leadership experience you can see she's going places."

Marshall said students are chosen based on their leadership experiences and several essays. Luella wrote about how being baptized taught her how to treat people. 

"She wrote some amazing essays," Marshall said, adding that Luella chose to quote Eleanor Roosevelt, who said, "A woman is like a teabag, you never know how strong it is until it’s in hot water."

Luella is involved in ministry at her church, student council, National Honor Society, is a member and captain of Bayless Dance Explosion and the Bayless Theatre Company. She volunteered with Special Olympics and had perfect attendance. 

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