Sunday, June 12, 2005
CNN: Missing teen high achiever, but naive
Natalee Holloway, below left, the Alabama 18-year-old missing in Aruba since May 30, was known as a top student and tireless worker at Mountain Brook High School, where she graduated last month before leaving for Aruba with 124 other seniors. Her aunt, Marcia Twitty, said seven adults went along as chaperones.
Holloway was in the National Honor Society, studied Spanish and was a member of American Field Service, which works with foreign exchange students. Her participation may have been a reflection of her travels, which Mrs. Twitty said included trips to Europe, Canada and some cruises.
She was a member of the student government and sweated through long hours of practice as a member of the school dance team. But Holloway wasn't just about glitz: she also joined Natural Helpers, a peer support group, and other volunteer organizations.
For all her activities and achievements, relatives described Holloway as having an almost childlike side, too. "Natalee's naive. She hasn't dated a lot. She doesn't party a lot," said uncle Paul Reynolds. Holloway attends church regularly and wouldn't ever run away, he said.
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