SLEF 2018 Perseverance Award Scholarship Winner: Gabrielle Lundgren
High school is full of important lessons, some of them hard-earned: If you don’t put in the work, you won’t get the results. Turning your life around is possible. And you never truly know what others are going through.
Just ask Gabrielle Lundgren.
When Gabrielle was a freshman, she didn’t care very much about school or her future. She was struggling with an autoimmune disease that she kept to herself, and she was not coping well with the challenges, stresses and expectations of high school. Her GPA dipped down to a 2.4. She didn’t believe in herself or the possibility of her success, but luckily someone else did.
“I had Mrs. Briggs as a student freshman and junior year … She had high expectations. She told me, ‘I know you can do better than that.’” Gabrielle said. “Not only has Mrs. Briggs shown me selflessness but she saw my capability even when I couldn’t. Mrs. Briggs has taught me that if you put your mind towards something, you can accomplish it, even during hard circumstances.”
So Gabrielle put her mind toward setting goals and achieving them. She realized after her poor grades freshman year that she did not want to go down that path: “I was motivated to make the changes to my life that I needed.” And she did. She will be graduating from South Lyon East with a 3.5 GPA and plans to study nursing at Madonna University in the fall.
The South Lyon Educational Foundation congratulates Gabrielle for her hard work, her self-discipline and her compassion for others by presenting her with its first-ever Perseverance Award. This scholarship was created to recognize students who have overcome significant obstacles or demonstrated dramatic academic improvement during their high school experience, and Gabrielle has accomplished both.
“It feels amazing to see how far I’ve come since freshman year,” Gabrielle said. “Teachers all tell my mom, ‘I’m so proud of how far she’s come.’ It just makes me really happy to know that I did that on my own.”