Meet Abby Crandall

By Joan Frances | Photos by Ellie B Photography

As a senior at Seven Lakes High School, Abby Crandall has enjoyed every minute of her high school career. She loves all of the amazing people she has met, and she has grown as a person. She has achieved success in academics, sports and extracurricular activities and looks forward to an exciting future.

Crandall has taken Advanced Placement classes throughout her years in high school. She is a member of National Honor Society (NHS) and National Spanish Honor Society (NSHS). Her favorite teacher is her U.S. History teacher Mrs. Cristen McCarroll. She explained, “She truly cares about each and every student. She puts in effort to all of her students, and I felt like I was able to build a relationship with her. She also helped me really build an appreciation for history.”

Crandall is a member of the Seven Lakes Sapphires drill team. She served as a Social Officer for the Sapphires last year and is the president this year. The drill team creates routines based on precision dance movements, such as on jazz, pom, novelty-character, contemporary, kick and hip-hop. These areas are strongly influenced by the individual style of the team. The Sapphires work extremely hard to perform creatively and accurately and have received recognition for their accomplishments. This past year they were Grand Champions of all three of the competitions that the team participated in.

As a leader, Crandall enjoys working with her team. “I love seeing our team flourish and knowing that I was a part of the team’s success. Seeing everyone I care about happy has got to be one of the best feelings in the world, and it’s hard to think of something more fulfilling than that.”

One value Crandall lives by is commitment. “You get out what you put in. I use this value with my schoolwork, dance and with relationships. I believe that if you work hard toward something and give it your all, then you will get what’s deserved. Obviously, this is easier said than done because high school has many challenges, but I think it’s good to have these challenges because it prepares you for the future, and it helps with problem-solving skills. Mario Andretti said, ‘Desire is the key to motivation, but it’s the determination and commitment to unrelenting pursuit of your goal – a commitment to excellence – that will enable you to attain the success you seek.’”

Crandall has reached undeniable achievement in her endeavors, and she will remember them all. One thing she will treasure the most from high school, she said, “Without a doubt, is my experience on my drill team. I made so many friends that I know will last forever. Sapphires is my second family, and it’s always a safe place for everyone on the team. I also learned how to manage my responsibilities as president of the team, and I know I will use these skills in the future.”

In addition to her busy schedule at school, Crandall also participates in National Charity League (NCL) with her mom. They are always volunteering for different organizations to help the Katy community in any way. She is also a member of the JUMP team at her church, Second Baptist (1463 campus), which is a kids worship team that puts on skits, dances and gives lessons about God.

After graduation, Crandall is hoping to attend either Baylor University or Texas Christian University and will major in Sports Journalism. Congratulations Abby Crandall for your positive spirit and commitment to hard work. Good luck in your future as you continue to be an asset to society.