Gillian's life so far

  • And the journey begins...

    And the journey begins...
    I was born at Winthrop Hospital in Mineola, New York weighing 6 lbs. 6 oz.
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    Living in the Big Apple

    I lived in New York for six years, and we try to visit at least two times every year. We normally always visit during Christmas time and Thanksgiving. Then sometimes we visit in the Summer.
  • First Blizzard

    First Blizzard
    The first major snowfall while living in New York. Building snowmen, having snowball fights, and drinking hot chocolate are always a must in the cold weather.
  • ABC's and 123's

    ABC's and 123's
    I began PreK at Holy Family in Hicksville, Long Island New York. I miss everyday being a half day, even if I barely remember them.
  • Sad Day for the Nation

    Sad Day for the Nation
    On my first day of PreK, the Twin Towers were attacked. My dad, a lieutenant in New York City, had to rush to the scene. This day traumatized my dad, and this was the event that made us move to Florida. Twin Towers
  • Little brother

    Little brother
    My brother, Andrew, is born when I am four years old. I remember my excitement to be a big sister. To this day we spend a lot of time together, and I'm grateful that he'll always be my best friend.
  • 3 Strikes and You're Out!

    3 Strikes and You're Out!
    I started my first year of tee-ball in New York as #4. I played infield then, and I still do now. This was just the beginning of what became a life-long softball career.
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    I've been playing softball my entire life, and I'm continuing to play going into my senior year. Softball has taught me to always have determination and sportsmanship.
  • Full Time

    Full Time
    I started Kindergarden at Lee Avenue in New York. Although this was a big change we still got nap time. I guess that accommodates for taking away our half days that we had in PreK.
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    Elementary School

    Lee Avenue, Cape Charter, and Oasis.
  • Welcome to the Sun Shine State

    Welcome to the Sun Shine State
    When I was six my family moved to Florida after visiting several times. It was tough at first because I had to go into 1st grade at a school that I didn't know anybody. Eventually we adjusted and the weather was much nicer than up north.
  • New Memeber of the Family

    New Memeber of the Family
    We got our first dog and named her Angel. She was a present to my brother and I, after we moved into our new house. She was definitely a big part of our new lives.
  • Switching Things Up

    Switching Things Up
    I started 1st grade at Cape Charter Elementary when we moved to Florida from New York. It was a small school when I went there. I ended up switching schools after I finished 1st grade.
  • What is a Hurricane?

    What is a Hurricane?
    Within the first year that we moved down to Florida Hurricane Charley struck. It was our first hurricane and we had no idea what to expect. My mom boarded the windows and we sat in a closet for hours. Hurricane Charley
  • Play. Eat. Sleep. Repeat.

    Play. Eat. Sleep. Repeat.
    I began playing Recreational and Travel softball when I moved to Florida. I loved playing the sport and I continue playing to this day. I've participated on over 5 recreational teams and several travel teams.
  • Transfer

    I moved to Oasis Elementary School in 2nd Grade. Transferring was easy because the school was brand new and I entered in its first year of operation.
  • Star of the Show

    Star of the Show
    When I was the flower girl at my Aunt's wedding I got to dress up like the bride, but in a different color dress. This was the first wedding I ever went to, and just as any little girl, I was beyond excited to throw flowers down the isle.
  • Stuck in the Middle

    Stuck in the Middle
    I began middle school at Trafalgar Middle. I decided to switch schools at the end of my 5th grade year, because I wanted a change. It was a good decision and I don't regret trying something new.
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    Middle School

  • Viva Las Vegas!

    Viva Las Vegas!
    I went to Las Vagas for the first time and stayed at the Trump Hotel. This was an incredible experience and my family is planning to go back next summer. Trump Hotel
  • Picture Perfect

    Picture Perfect
    I went to the Grand Canyon for the day. The canyon looked as if it were painted, and my pictures couldn't capture what I saw in person. I went with my family and grandma. We took a tour and stayed for two days near the canyon.
  • Winter in Spring?

    Winter in Spring?
    I took a trip to Arrowhead California during Spring Break, where my family and I went snowboarding and skiing. We stayed in a Cabin up in the mountains for a week. It was a lot of fun and had some amazing views. Snowboarding
  • Student of the Year

    Student of the Year
    I won student of the year in eighth grade. It was a privilege to receive this award, and I was beyond excited to attend the dinner at Broadway Palm.
  • Beginning a New Chapter

    Beginning a New Chapter
    I started high school at Bishop Verot. I attended a private elementary school, so I knew what to expect. It was different going to a catholic school, but over the years I've come to love.
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    High School

    Bishop Verot
  • Climb to the Top

    Climb to the Top
    I made the varsity softball team freshman year and we went to the State Final Four. It was a lot of fun, and I hope to go again my senior year. <a href='<iframe width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>' >Batting Video</a>
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    National Honor Society

    I participated in this club for 3 years of my high school career. I was inducted my sophomore year and I'm now continuing into my senior year.
  • New York, New York!

    New York, New York!
    I visited several colleges, attended a Long Island Showcase Camp, and stayed with family for three weeks. This trip opened doors to several new opportunities, while I was able to enjoy some family time.
  • Top of NYC

    Top of NYC
    My dad called one of his cops that used to work for him, who currently works at the Empire State Building. My family and I were given VIP access to the top of the building. This was the first time that I was able to go up there, and it's an experience I'll never forget. <a href='<iframe width="420" height="315" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>' >Top of the Empire State Building</a>
  • Nearing the End

    Nearing the End
    This is my last year of high school, and is definitely a bittersweet feeling. I can't wait to make unforgettable memories.
  • Go Hard or Go Home

    Go Hard or Go Home
    Next year will be my last season of softball. I hope to make it to states this year, and have an amazing season with these girls. We've made some memories that I will never forget. Game Footage