Abby Parker can do it all.
One of the sunniest, sweetest-natured, most talented young women in all of Cow Town, the Coupeville High School sophomore, who celebrates a birthday today, was indispensable last spring for the Wolf track team.
Had an event you wanted to fill? Parker was your woman.
During her freshman season, the list of events she competed in was extensive: 200, 800, 1500, 3000, discus, javelin, long jump and 4 x 400 relay.
And she wasn’t just filling a slot.
Most of her PR’s came late in the season, as Abby continually dropped time and threw further as the season unfolded.
She is one to watch as she heads into her second year of high school sports, and not just in track.
Parker is currently prepping for the start of volleyball season, and there is strong hope she’ll return to the hardwood in the winter.
As a middle school hoopster, she was a relentless ball-hawk with a bounce in her step.
And this is all fine and dandy.
Parker is a talented athlete, one who can often be seen competing in various running events with her aunt, Kathy O’Brien, on weekends.
But the real reason we are here to celebrate Abby’s birthday is she could step completely away from sports, and she’d still be pretty dang awesome.
A freshman Homecoming princess, the impression she gives off to the people on the sidelines is of a very smart, super-friendly young woman who is incredibly devoted to her friends and family.
Seeing her interact with others, watching her quietly sneak onto the softball sidelines after track practice and surprise-hug “second mom” Amy Briscoe, one word comes to mind.
Abby Parker is many things wrapped in one. Athlete. Student. Ray of sunshine.
But, most of all, she is classy, through and through.
As you celebrate your 16th birthday today, Abby, the world is yours. You are going to accomplish great things, on and off the athletic field, and none of us will be surprised when you do.
So, enjoy your day, Miss Parker, and always know how highly everyone — your family, your friends, your fans — regards you.