W-G graduate inspired to become a nurse

WAYNESFIELD — 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.
“I have seen a lot of children’s medical missions at the church,” Gray said. “I’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.”
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 bachelor’s degree in nursing. She intends to become a registered nurse and focus in pediatrics.
“I have a love for helping kids,” the 18-year-old daughter of Kym and Scott Gray said. “I want to be a part of that.”
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 school’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.
“It was a great experience growing up in Waynesfield,” Gray, who lives at 27224 Middle Pike, Waynesfield, said. “It is a small town and you get the opportunity to know everybody. I feel like I have grown here.”
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.
“I like to spend time with children,” Gray said. “I like to try and make a difference with them.”