March-April 2012 | Education

Top Teens 2012

Bethesda Magazine's 2012 Extraordinary Teen Awards.

Photo by Michael VenturaLucy Chin

Senior, Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School

Lucy Chin has always loved to perform. The 17-year-old from Bethesda recently starred in productions both at school and at Bethesda’s Imagination Stage, and sang in the Children’s Chorus of Washington. In recent years, she has combined that passion with a desire to help people with special needs.

Inspired by her sister, Jessie, who has cerebral palsy, Lucy volunteers with Imagination’s Pegasus Ensemble—a program for teens with special needs. She helps with production, assists with acting classes and promotes connections among the teens.

Lucy also volunteers with Special Olympics Montgomery County, working with teens who have been playing basketball together since middle school.

In 2010, she was selected to participate in the Lazarus Leadership Fellows Program, which teaches students leadership skills and provides an opportunity to design a community service project. For her project, Lucy helped create and run a fair that brought together students and people with disabilities.

Other accomplishments: Lucy is an honor roll student and a member of the National and Spanish honor societies. Class secretary her sophomore and junior years, she’s vice president of her senior class.

What others say: “Lucy is one of those kids who is good at everything,” says Nikki Kaplan, associate director of education at Imagination Stage. “She’s a really hard worker, and what others can’t do, she can manage. …Everyone loves her.”

What her future holds: Lucy plans to study international relations and possibly anthropology. She’ll continue singing and acting for fun.