Student Profile: Abby Edwards

Name: Abby Edwards

Grade: Junior

Hobbies/extracurricular activities: National Honor Society, volunteering/visiting with residents at Englewood Manor, and being a guest speaker in a variety of K-12 classrooms.

Honors: In April, I am traveling to San Diego, Calif., to receive the National YES I CAN Award through the Council for Exceptional Children. I will be speaking at the convention and will be featured on their website.

Favorite subjects: Psychology, Honors English

College and career plans: I currently attend Wright State University as a PSEO student in addition to classes at Butler High School. I plan to complete my bachelor’s degree in psychology at WSU, then pursue a Ph.D. in health psychology.

What do you like best about Butler? I am amazed at how the students and staff at Butler have worked to accommodate me throughout my school career, beginning in kindergarten when my teacher tried to learn Braille alongside me, and now with everyone adjusting to Kathy (my guide dog) in the halls and in the classrooms.

Personal goals: To obtain a Ph.D. in health psychology with honors and live in a big city independently while working in the medical field.

Something you’ve learned this year: I’ve learned that any goal is achievable if I set my mind to it.

Greatest academic accomplishment to date: I received the top score on a biology exam at Wright State University when more than 250 other college students were enrolled in that class. I will have 16 college courses completed by the time I graduate in June of 2016. Also, my cumulative GPA at Butler is over 4.0.

Greatest personal accomplishment to date: Definitely being chosen to receive my guide dog, Kathy, from Guiding Eyes. It was a very intense process before, during, and especially after my three week training in New York! The responsibility that comes with having a guide dog can be overwhelming at times, but it is worth it because I am able to travel much more efficiently!

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