An AP Scholar, Strong graduated from Lawrence Central High School, where she earned an International Baccalaureate Diploma. She was editor-in-chief for two years of the school’s student newspaper, Cub Reporter, and was twice named Journalist of the Year.
She won national awards from Quill and Scroll and from Columbia University for Editorial Writing and recognition from the Indiana High School Press Association and others, including being named a finalist for the IHSPA Student Journalist of the Year award.
President of the Lawrence Central High School speech team, she received the Degree of Outstanding Distinction from the National Forensic League, placing fifth in state in International Extemporaneous in 2013, and captained the Academic Super Bowl History and English teams. President of the National Honor Society, she was also a member of the Quill and Scroll International Honor Society for High School Journalists and received an Award of Excellence for her studies in France with the IU Honors Program in Foreign Languages.
Captain of the varsity swim team, she was named to the Academic All-State team and is ranked 13th in the nation for female triathletes under 20. Her service to others includes founding a club to combat adolescent depression and volunteering at Riley Hospital for Children.
Strong plans to study journalism as an Ernie Pyle Scholar and neuroscience. She will hold the Indiana Bell Telephone Scholarship within the Wells Scholars Program.