Gabrielle Gruszynski – Georgia Nomination and Photography by Hedi Kalpak, The Pink Peach Photography Issue 50 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
Nomination: Gabrielle Gruszynski (Gabby) is a senior and attends Lake Oconee Academy. While carrying a heavy load of AP classes and balancing her academics, she has always been involved in the arts (whether it be singing at vocal lessons on Thursdays, writing for her school’s literary magazine, or acting in One Act productions). However, continuing her dance education has been one of Gabby’s greatest passions. Gabby has been classically trained in ballet, pointe, jazz, and lyrical. In college, Gabby hopes to major in either journalism or international relations; nonetheless, she believes she will continue dancing for the rest of her life!
What should we definitely know about you? I am endlessly busy, and I LOVE it! I feel that most people my age tend to get overwhelmed easily (especially amongst other seniors like myself, I completely understand and relate to the stress). Nonetheless, I’ve always considered myself a bit of a workaholic/OCD and flourish on being able to check things off my to-do list. Between managing A+ grades in 5 AP courses, to dance lessons 5 hours a week, to theatre practice and vocal lessons, managing an annual school literary magazine, and the ever daunting college applications, I relish in getting things done!
What inspiring things about you does your nomination not cover? Alongside my hefty load of courses and extracurricular activities, giving back to my community is something I’m passionate about. I’ve been fortunate to have been raised in a household where I haven’t been limited by circumstance; however, I’m aware that this isn’t the case for everybody. I’m particularly passionate about getting to work alongside my mom as a Peer Pragmatic Coach for her speech and language development practice. She and I work with peers diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and teach them communication basics. It makes me feel whole knowing I’m leaving an impact on others as well as myself.
If you were to present a topic to a group of your peers, what would it be and why? Literature has always been a huge passion of mine. That sensation from opening a book, the crinkled pages, the aged scent, everything about it intoxicates me. Late nights spent reading musty books beckoned me to have an intellectual curiosity for not only literature but writing as well. I feel it’s important to express our imaginations through specific creative outlets (for me, it’s writing). For example, I’ve dedicated time to writing and editing my school's annual literary magazine! I believe I will engage in literature for my life’s entirety; it’s my passion and what my brain thrives on.
Look for Gabrielle in issue 50 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!