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April 11, 2024

Gavin Dougherty: Class of 2025’s super student

Insight on Gavin and his huge accomplishments within high school
Evaney Gutierrez

        There’s one student that holds the highest grade out of all the students in his class while still maintaining time as an athlete. Gavin Dourherty’s extravagant accomplishments has put his name for a group where only he belongs academically. Aside from having the best grade of his graduation class, Gavin’s also an extremely skilled gymnast.

     “During elementary and middle school, it was always a dream of mine to push my limits of academics taking difficult classes while pursuing my gymnastics career to hopefully make it to a division one college,” says Dougherty.

     Gavin has exceeded such levels of academics and continues to strive more. When it comes to being a gymnast, he’s had his roller coaster of obstacles to come through and still remains on top. 

     “One specific obstacle that comes to mind is when I was lacking motivation to progress my gymnastics career. I was on the verge of quitting entirely due to the feeling of loading progress. However, I stayed with it and started working harder which finally led to progress. This sparked my inner motivation and allowed me to achieve all that I have to this day,” says Dougherty.

     With a couple years left in high school, Gavin has his eyes set towards future goals post graduation and has created a vision for a career.

     “For as long as I can remember, I have always held my focus towards my future. In the next five years I hope to graduate college and begin my journey of becoming a neurosurgeon or anesthesiologist in medical school. I also aspire to take my gymnastics to the next level in a division 1 school and hopefully win competitions on the national level,” says Dougherty. 

     Gavin likes to surround himself with those who help motivate him, growing as a group together in motivating each other. Trevor Berry, Gavin’s best friend, has been there to support him through thick and thin.

     “I have known about Gavin’s success forever even when we were little. He was always super competitive and always pushing the limits. I continue to motivate him everyday by just being a friend there for him to take off stress with and remind him that what he has done and will continue to do is amazing and that he has the strength to keep pushing the limits,” says Berry. 

     Aside from his best friend, his parents have been the biggest supporters of his journey. Trevor spoke about his connection with Gavin’s parents and what they mean to Gavins flourishing road.

     “Gavins biggest motivator would be his parents, they are able to encourage him to be great but give him his own freedom so he can succeed on his own,” says Berry. 

     The future is tremendously bright for Gavin as he continues his success consecutively per year. The sky’s the limit, and Gavin is doing just that with school and Gymnastics in hopes to pursue his future goals.

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Evan Hernandez
Evan Hernandez, Photo Editor
Evans lived in Sanger all his life attending schools like Reagan Elementary, Quail Lake Charter, and Sanger High School. Evan enjoys exploring the town on his bike. As part of his daily life,  he keeps a camcorder and camera on him at all times for his love of filming mini documentaries. Whether by himself or with a group of friends, he’s everybody’s cameraman which is why he joined journalism to learn more about journalistic writing with a touch of photography. In school, he’s an FFA student, but outside of school is when his creative freedom kicks in. 
Evaney Gutierrez
Evaney Gutierrez, Digital Managing Editor
 Evaney Gutierrez is a 17 year old senior at Sanger High School, and plans on taking on a career of fine arts and maybe a studies of biology as well, although she is indecisive of the college to attend . Gutierrez loves taking pictures and learning lots of new things and writing about the subjects she discovers. Gutierrez was a former journalist for highlights in 2023 as a reporter, but this year she is a Digital Managing Editor looking over the aspects of social media designs and the website. In  her free time likes to play the bass and hang out with friends, she also enjoys making new friends. Her favorite color is red and her favorite subject in school is English. Gutierez comes from a big family as well, she has four sisters and one brother. Gutierrrez's favorite family time is field trips and game nights. Gutierrez is excited to be a part of the highlights staff  for her last year at Sanger High.  
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