In middle school, I was a member of the Board of Library Teens at my local public library. We named ourselves, and someone thought the acronym BLT would be funky and interesting. I did not agree but my love for libraries goes far beyond cheap publicity tactics. We met every week, led by a librarian, and talked about how we could make the library better.
A reporter for a local paper came to one of our meetings. As usual, we shared our ideas for improvement. I thought the library should start keeping up with school projects, so it could be prepared for students. The reporter was so impressed with my devotion to learning that he led with the line “Lindsay Smith is a person with ideas” and my photograph. Inside the article, he noted my question about whether the group would meet in the summer.
This is all you need to know to figure out how cool I was in middle school.