Interview by Zoe D'Angelo Nomination & Photography by Debbie Gray - The Gray Senior Virginia
The Nomination: Abby is a rising 2020 senior at Poquson High School. She is an active member of the Key Club and her church. She plays field hockey for her school and her team was State Runner Ups last year. Abby is a hard worker and a great role model for her peers.
My field hockey career started when I was in first grade to stay in shape, but since then, field hockey has become so much more than just the exercise that I get from it. Field hockey has brought me so many opportunities to travel, to meet new people, and it has also brought me many challenges. As a goalie, I am the last line of defense for my team, and it also means that I am responsible for everything that happens on my side of the fifty-yard line.
While this job puts a lot of pressure on me, it has allowed me to develop my leadership and communication skills which I am able to apply to my daily life. I have been on many different teams, all with a diverse group of girls, who I am glad to call my friends, and I have also had many chances to share my knowledge of the sport with younger girls, so that they can work to excel in the sport that I love. While it has provided me with many opportunities, field hockey is a lot of work, and during high school season, it involves waking up at 5:30am and missing other outside opportunities, so that I can be the best goalie and leader that I can be.
Interview by Sierra Zaccagnino | Submitted by Madison ChodorowskiNomination & Image by Debbie Gray
The Nomination: “Madi is a rising senior at Tabb High School and a member of my 2019 Gray Senior Team. She works at Texas Roadhouse as a hostess and teaches swimming lessons to children ages 3-12 years old at the YMCA. Madi was a Tiger Friend her sophomore year, a teaching assistant at the elementary school, and a basketball sideline cheerleader her sophomore year. Her junior year she played Varsity Softball and her team won the State Championship. In the future Madi would like to attend UTSA and major in the medical field and work with children.”
I work with kids from ages 3-12 teaching them how to swim at the YMCA. The most rewarding part is getting them to have fun while learning something new. By the end of our sessions I have taught them at least something somehow no one else could. For sports playing softball and going cheer was definitely a great experience. They both taught me a lot of different things but the main was you won’t get very far if you can’t trust your team and it’s not just your sport. Everyone has a pretty big part and being supportive has such a big impact too.
What being a tiger friend (freshman year) means to me is understanding and helping children how to understand the lesson in their own way because some kids learn differently than others. Balancing all of this is not easy. You really have to manage your time and keep a schedule. You may want to go out with friends instead of practice or doing homework, but in the end your future is in your school work and everyone wants the best future they can get. Once I finish high school I plan to go to UTSA hopefully and study medical and child development, then to make a future with it maybe as an anesthesiologist.