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WAYNESFIELD â€” After seeing the difference a person can make, Waynesfield-Goshen High School graduate Abbey Gray has chosen to offer the world one more difference maker.
â€śI have seen a lot of childrenâ€™s medical missions at the church,â€ť Gray said. â€śIâ€™ve seen some drastic changes in those kids when someone has treated them overseas or treated them when they come here. I want to be a part of that.â€ť
After graduating as one of six valedictorians with a perfect 4.0 GPA this year, Gray is planning to attend Otterbein University in the fall and plans to pursue a bachelorâ€™s degree in nursing. She intends to become a registered nurse and focus in pediatrics.
â€śI have a love for helping kids,â€ť the 18-year-old daughter of Kym and Scott Gray said. â€śI want to be a part of that.â€ť
Gray achieved her academic success despite participating in a full slate of activities while at the school. She was a cheerleader as well as playing basketball and track. In track, she was just recently part of the schoolâ€™s state-champion 400-meter relay team.
She was also a member of FCA, National Honor Society, musicals and dinner theater, Student Council and choir. She also volunteered as a kindergarten tutor. Gray is a lifelong Waynesfield resident.
Her non-school activities included her church praise band and youth group, the community theater. She served as a blood drive volunteer and went on a mission trip to Haiti after the disaster there.
â€śIt was a great experience growing up in Waynesfield,â€ť Gray, who lives at 27224 Middle Pike, Waynesfield, said. â€śIt is a small town and you get the opportunity to know everybody. I feel like I have grown here.â€ť
Gray listed singing as dancing as some of her favorite hobbies. She took dance lessons for 12 years. She also likes to spend time babysitting.
â€śI like to spend time with children,â€ť Gray said. â€śI like to try and make a difference with them.â€ť