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Senior Spotlight: Gabriel Pinkston


On February 24, 2006, Gabriel Rose Pinkston made her grand debut in the world! She is the daughter of Amy and Jeremy MacDonald. 

Gabe has 3 younger siblings: Lexis Gleason, 16, Zoey MacDonald, 14, and Jaxxyn MacDonald, 5. Her grandparents are Theron and Janette David Pinkston of Leigh, Nebraska. Her family wouldn’t be complete without her 3 dogs—Pepper, Buddy, and Dexter—and her one cat named Kirby. 

Throughout high school Gabe has been involved in One-Act, speech, and band for 4 years, and choir for 3.5 years. She also has been a part of the Youth Advisory Committee for 1 year. While a part of choir, Gabe has earned the honor of the National Choral Award. 

One of Gabe’s proudest high school accomplishments is placing 4th at State Speech her sophomore year. Her favorite memory from high school is of playing tug-of-war with all of her classmates during the last day of school.

Outside of school you can find Gabe busy working at her part-time job at Dollar General in Humphrey. She also enjoys drawing on her tablet and taking her sisters out to eat in her free time.

If Gabe were to win the lottery she said she would pay off her college tuition and set up bank accounts to accrue money for her sibling’s college educations and her parents' retirement.

Gabe said she would go to Japan if she had the chance to travel anywhere in the world because she enjoys its snacks, architecture, and culture.

Gabe’s favorite subject in school is English. Her favorite thing to watch on TV is Blue-Eyed Samurai or Arcane. Gabe’s favorite song is “Love Bites” by Halestorm. Her favorite restaurant is Red Lobster, and her favorite food is snow crab legs. 

She says her biggest pet peeve is when people excessively crack their knuckles and interrupt her while she is speaking.  Her most embarrassing moment in school was when she was “scream singing” Elsa songs in practice during last year’s One-Act that were way out of her range before Mrs. Fischer realized it wasn’t a smart idea to have her sing them!

Three goals in Gabe’s life are to go surfing, join a band, and stay in a retro arcade Airbnb.

Gabe says one pf the people she admires most in life is her sister for being a strong, empathetic individual who hasn’t given up on anything even when the odds are against her. She is brave and inspiring to the end.

Gabe’s future plans include attending the University of Nebraska-Kearney to receive a Bachelor’s degree in Studio Art. In 10-15 years, Gabe sees herself working in a tattoo parlor as a tattoo artist and a piercer. 

Before she graduates, Gabe leaves this advice to underclassmen: “Cherish the time you have with the people around you, especially your classmates.  Even though you might not all get along all the time, these are the people you shared your childhood with.  You may never experience that same kind of connection again.”

Congratulations Gabe, and good luck to you in your future!