Middletown Schools spokeswoman Destini Burns said Au’Lauren epitomizes the ideal of a homecoming queen being a true student leader.
“Au’Lauren is a great example of Middie pride,” Burns said.
“Au’Lauren has a platform to turn the crown into more than just a title,” said Burns.
Million is starting Crown Academy, which focuses on community service and leadership as the Homecoming Queen. So far, she has volunteered at Wildwood Elementary and talked to students about bullying, breast cancer awareness and the district’s Learning Is Cool initiative.
Middletown High School Principal Carmela Cotter said she couldn’t be more proud of her winning senior.
“She is indeed a beauty queen. But, most importantly, Au’Lauren’s inner beauty shines through as she works with true dedication toward helping others,” Cotter said. “She is kind, selfless, and always at the ready to take on a project that will benefit others.”
Some of Million’s charitable tendency may be genetic.
Her mother, Anedra Million, is a veteran Middletown teacher and her classroom at Wildwood Elementary is often the site of her daughter’s volunteer efforts. This week her daughter was there helping youngsters learn how to read.
“I’ve always talked to my children about the importance of being a servant leader,” said Anedra Million, herself a Middletown High School graduate. “Once she won the crown she knew she wanted to elevate her platform with the crown.”
That homecoming crown acts as another pathway to help, Au’Lauren said.
“Being a homecoming queen is more than just getting a crown and a banner and then being done with it all. You should take that crown and banner and be a voice for the voiceless … wherever you can make a positive impact,” she said.