Brown makes the most of her high school experience


Gaby Brown

From cheering at football games to traveling across the world, Gaby Brown (12) took advantage of all the opportunities presented to her. As part of the graduating class of 2021, Brown completes her education from White Station as she attends college in Mississippi next fall.

Gaby Brown (12) reflects on her high school career filled with a plethora of clubs, sports, leadership positions and rigorous classes as she graduates this spring. Going to Mississippi State University next fall to major in biology on a pre-med track, Brown pushed herself as a Spartan to reach her level of success.

“Honestly, I wasn’t always balancing everything. There were times when things fell through the cracks, forcing me to reevaluate and figure out what was important and what was not,” Brown said. “I really cared about what I was doing, and I didn’t want to give it half of my time; I wanted to give it everything.”

Freshman through senior year, Brown’s schedule consisted of all AP and honors classes. Despite the heavy load on her shoulders, she dedicated herself to her school’s community through serving on the Executive Board (E-Board). In the 2018-2019 school year, Brown assumed the role of sophomore commissioner, outlining her grade’s activities. The following year, she became the commissioner of welfare, arranging the school blood drive and awareness campaigns. As a vice president of logistics her senior year, Brown organized the E-Board nomination convention and student government elections.

“I put myself out there in a lot of different situations,” Brown said. “I am super outgoing, so that makes me stand out because I am hard to ignore.”

Brown could always be found showing school spirit for the Spartans. With 13 years of experience, she was a member of the competitive varsity cheer team, becoming captain her senior year. Alongside cheer, she was a member of the band for one year and golf team for two.

“I would advise new freshmen to join a club that they are interested in because you can meet people who share your interests,” Brown said. “You can get to know more of your teachers and the school better.”

Brown practices what she preaches through her membership in multiple clubs. Preparing herself for a future in the medical field, she joined the HOSA (Health Occupation Students of America) club, Biology Olympiad team and DDS (Determined to be a Doctor Someday). She qualified for state-level competitions for HOSA and DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) all three years that she participated.

“The idea of going to college and college applications really helped me focus on my goals like getting into where I wanted to go. It helped remind me of what is important,” Brown said. “I really thank all the teachers and faculty for being there for me and helping me on my journey to college.”

Brown sets an example for students to become involved in academic activities and strive for success. Graduating with so many honors did not come easy, but surrounding herself with a supportive community got her through it. High school allows people to develop and set a foundation for their futures, and Brown exceeds all expectations.

“I absolutely loved my four years at White Station,” Brown said. “I got a ton of new experiences. I got to go to places like China, Chattanooga and New York. I met a ton of new friends and people who shared different ideas than myself. I learned how to expand my thinking. I really think it helped me become the person I am and prepare myself for college.”