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WEEK AT A GLANCE
NAME: Laura Hamilton
HOMETOWN: Richmond, VA
POSITION: President of the Auburn Whitewater Kayaking Club and Co-President of AWEA/WEF (Alabama Water Environment Association/ Water Environment Federation)
FAVORITE INVOLVEMENT MEMORY:My favorite memory was when we went on our advanced trip last year to the Paddle South National Competition in Columbus, Georgia, and got to paddle with people that were known nationally and some even globally. We also got to watch our very own member win a gold medal in the freestyle event. It was an amazing experience, and I can’t wait to go again in a few months!
WHY TO GET INVOLVED: Students should get involved because it is a great way to meet new friends, try something new, and learn. By getting involved in different organizations I have grown as a person and it has made my Auburn experience 100 times better! It also allows me to step back from the daily school work and focus on things that I’m really passionate about like teaching whitewater kayaking or how to become more environmentally efficient.
NUMBER OF MEMBERS:150
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