by Laura Giammattei
GLENWOOD CITY — “Always do the best you can.”
These are the words spoken to Gabby Peterson by her parents and the words she has lived by ever since.
Gabby is one of three students to earn the title of valedictorian for the Glenwood City High School Class of 2016.
She is the daughter of Bruce and Tamara Peterson.
Gabby says earning the title of valedictorian is a dream come true.
“It’s something I have thought and dreamed about since middle school and has always been one of my main goals. My parents have always said to just do my best and once I started getting 4.0’s they continued to push me to achieve that every year. It’s been tough to maintain at times but I just keep working hard.”
Gabby is on the track squad and is hopeful they will return to state again this year.
“We were only one place away from the podium in the four by four last year, so we’re really hoping to get another shot at it this year,” she said.
Going to state has also provided many memorable moments for Gabby.
“When we go to state, we go to movie theaters, explore the city, and one time we rode go-carts. It’s always a lot of fun when we go.”
In addition to track and field, Gabby was also part of the girls’ varsity basketball team.
“We had an amazing team this past season,” she said. “That really made the year memorable.”
In the academic world, Gabby is also a fan of Spanish.
“It’s challenging to learn a new language. It’s a good feeling when I learn and understand a new word or phrase.”
After graduation, Gabby plans on getting a summer job and working as much as possible.
“My family also take a trip to Canada every summer. We go to Silver Dollar and stay the whole week and just fish on our boat.”
Gabby enjoys reading books, going on outdoor adventures and spending time with her friends.
Gabby will attend UW-River Falls in the fall.
“I wanted to be close to home,” she said. “The River Falls campus is beautiful and they offered me a half tuition scholarship. I don’t know what I will major in, but I know I want to get a minor in Spanish.”