Meet Gavin Lawrence
“A Resilient Scholar and Future Psychiatrist”
Gavin Lawrence knows firsthand the sacrifices that military families must make. His father is in the U.S. Army. Gavin has moved nine times throughout his life, never staying in one place more than two years. In high school alone, he attended three different schools. His family moved to Cumberland County last year.
Gavin spent his senior school year at Massey Hill Classical High School (MHCHS), where he has thrived as a student leader. Right away, he started volunteering with Habitat for Humanity and Key Club. He also works as a lifeguard, earning the Fort Bragg Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Aquatics Employee of the Quarter award. In his free time, he enjoys reading.
Although moving was hard, Gavin knows that it has helped shape him into the person he is today. A natural introvert, constantly leaving friends and starting over has helped him become more extroverted and has built his character along the way.
“What I have learned from this is that we all have different kinds of high school experiences; however, these experiences help shape us into who we are or will become,” Gavin said. “I'm thankful to Massey Hill High School for making my senior year the best high school experience.”
Because of Gavin’s hard work and drive to succeed, he earned the Pennsylvania State University Kenneth and Andrea Frazier Liberal Arts Scholarship. He was also selected to the Defense Commissary Agency Scholars program.
“Gavin is goal-driven, yet empathetic and has clear plans to become a psychiatrist or psychologist to help those in the community with mental health needs,” said Ann-Marie Palmer, principal of MHCHS.
Although Gavin has only spent a year at Massey Hill, he has certainly made his mark.
"I would like to be remembered for always trying to put a smile on someone's face,” said Gavin. “Popularity is not important. Finding friends who actually care about you and will help you out through the rough times is the most important thing to have going through high school.”
Gavin has also developed relationships with teachers and staff members.
“I believe that all the staff in my school are amazing,” Gavin said. “Ms. Dunn, our librarian, stands out because she truly values your opinion and supports you in anything you want to do. I've had many wonderful conversations with her and because of that, the library has become a safe haven for me. She has taught me I shouldn't be ashamed about what I read and that, in turn, sparked my love for reading.”
Despite only being at Massey Hill for a year, Gavin is prepared for success in college. He will attend Pennsylvania State University in the fall, majoring in Psychology. His goal is to eventually attend medical school and become a psychiatrist.
“Life is already hard enough, but adding mental illness on top of it makes it 10 times more difficult,” Gavin explained. If I can help them cope with their mental illness, then maybe they can live a life that’s worth living and be on a path they want to be on.”