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Above and Beyond: Gabriella Gigaroa

Gabriella Gigaroa

Gabriella Gigaroa works two part-time jobs, plays softball, and she's in the Reserve Officers' Training Program. These are just a few roles that 16-year-old Gigoroa juggles every day. And that's why she's this month's above and beyond winner.

The North High School sophomore says she's pretty soft-spoken, but when it comes to art, she knows how to turn up the volume.

"It empties my mind and I don't have to think about anything," said Gigaroa.

Gabriella was recently awarded the "Art Student of the Month" for her artwork.

"I decided to combine two pictures. I wanted the moon in the back, and I also wanted the trees and the snow because

it's winter," said Gigaroa.

Jean Farrell, an art teacher for the last 44 years, describes Gabriella as a go-getter, a self-starter and that her positive impact goes beyond the classroom.

"Once a lesson is presented to her, she will take and make it her own," said Farrell.

The talented 16-year-old student says her two passions are art and softball.

"Yes, I'm in softball. I'm in fast-pitch and slow-pitch," said Gigaroa.

With a track record like Gabriella's, it's easy to see why many see that she goes

above and beyond.

"I see anyone who's motivated and open-minded to different things, will be a success in their lives, and I feel that Gabriella

is that person," said Farrell.

"And I also want to be a regular veterinarian and go into the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps," said Gigaroa.

And before joining the U.S. Army Corps, she plans to attend Western Iowa Tech Community College.

If you'd like to nominate a student, you can do that on our website Siouxland news dot com by clicking on the "Above and Beyond" banner.

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