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Teen Face: Lovey Curlee, Point Arena High

  • Pt. Arena High School student Lauren Curlee at her home in Gualala, on Tuesday, July 1, 2014.(BETH SCHLANKER/ The Press Democrat)

Lovey Curlee wasn’t born “Lovey,” but she grew into her nickname early on.

There were already a couple of “L-names” in the family so Lauren, 15, became Lovey as a baby.

It stuck. She’s usually introduced as Lauren, but most people soon pick up the moniker.

Curlee plans to spend about 20 hours a week this summer helping prepare and serve meals to seniors with the nonprofit group Coastal Seniors.

Curlee is expected to help serve between 50 and 75 seniors each meal and will likely be called upon to help with filing and other duties for the operation that serves seniors from Irish Beach to Stewarts Point.

“I didn’t want to sit around all summer,” she said. “The volunteering was flexible and it sounded nice to help.”

“I hope that I will be able to connect with them,” she said of the seniors who drop by for meals and company. “I think I am pretty easygoing.”

That’s the attitude Curlee’s volleyball coach sees in her.

Jeanine Stefani, who coaches varsity volleyball at Point Arena High, where Curlee will be a junior this year, also coaches club volleyball and has seen Curlee pick up the sport with determination over the past two years.

“She is not my strongest athlete, but she is great to coach; she comes early, she volunteers,” she said. “She is a developing athlete. She has a super great personality, she’s interested in learning more, she’s responsive.”

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