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  Friday, March 27, 2015
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Heaing to Saint Leo's
By Kevin Devlin

     Savin Hill resident and Boston Latin Academy student-athlete traveling south to study and hopefully play on the university's golf team

     Gabrielle White has always been a focused person and intends to continue being so when she travels to Florida and attend Saint Leo’s University. She intends to pursue a double major, studying biology and psychology. After that, Gabrielle plans to attend medical school and attain a graduate degree in physical therapy.

     Gabrielle, 18, graduated from Boston Latin Academy last June. She did quite well in the classroom and was active at the school in a variety of endeavors. Gabrielle was the editor of the school’s literary magazine, the “Jabberwock” during her junior and senior years. She was a member of the Irish Culture Club for three years and was selected as president in her senior year. Gabrielle was also voted by her peers as the Prom Queen at the junior and senior proms.

     As an athlete, Gabrielle lettered in three sports, soccer, softball, and basketball.  She began her adventures in soccer playing in the All-Dorchester Sports League (ADSL) for six seasons before playing on her school team. She was selected as team captain in her senior year.

     Gabrielle also began her journey in the hoop world at a young age, playing at the local boys and girls club, the Dan Marr Club, and then in her parish CYO program, the former Saint William’s of Dorchester. Gabrielle then played on her high school junior varsity and varsity basketball teams. She was chosen as the team’s junior varsity captain for two years, played on the varsity squad for three years, and was varsity team captain in her final year. Gabrielle was ecstatic when she was chosen as an All-City All-Star as a senior. She subsequently played in the Boston City All-Star Game, and was awarded the “Sportsmanship Award.”

     Gabrielle will always remember scoring 31 points for her CYO cadet team and winning the divisional championship with a perfect 12-0 record. And, she will never forget playing against Dedham High School. They were in a tougher division and came to her school thinking it would be a cakewalk.

     “They thought they were going to walk all over us since they had already defeated us pretty good earlier in the season,” said Gabrielle. “But, as a team we clicked in every single way and beat them soundly. I was so proud of my teammates not giving up and playing as a team.”

     Gabrielle is also an accomplished softball player. She began playing at an early age and participated in her local CYO program and also in the major league sponsored RBI League for the Rangers. She primarily pitches and plays first base. In high school, Gabrielle was a member of the junior varsity squad for two years and on the varsity team for four seasons. Her varsity squad captured the city championship in 2004. Gabrielle was the team captain as a senior and was selected as an All-City All-Star that same year. She’ll never forget hitting her first high home run against Madison Park High School because she was tired from running around the bases.

     Gabrielle keeps herself busy when away from her high school. She loves playing golf and won the Mayor’s Cup Championship in the girls’ 15 and under division at the Franklin Park Golf Course in 2002 and 2003.  She intends to try out for the university’s golf team and hopes to clinch a spot on the team. As a youngster, Gabrielle also enjoyed swimming for the Dan Marr Boys Club team and still holds the record for the 25-yard backstroke in the 8 and under division.

     But this is not all that our busy young girl does with her time. Gabrielle has volunteered for the past several years delivering flowers to the elderly during the holidays. She was also an altar server at her church for four years and has coached basketball at the local boys club, as well as helped out in the Savin Hill Little League. She likes to keep busy, preoccupied, focused on positive endeavors in life.

     Her mom and dad, Monica and Wally, are proud of her.

“Gabe loves being with family and friends and has a strong Catholic Faith. Her Godfather, Father Joe is the Pastor at Saint Vincent’s Church in Southie,” said her dad.   “She’s a good daughter and granddaughter, and we are extremely proud of her.”

     Without doubt, mom and dad, grandmother, Godfather, family and friends, all should be incredibly proud for what she has accomplished thus far in life.

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