15, Sophomore at Grissom High School, Huntsville, Alabama
Youngest contestant in the regional Optimist Club Oratorical Contest in Williamsburg, Va (placed 3rd overall)
Plays alto saxophone in marching band and the jazz band
Grissom Science Olympiad Team member
Active Girl Scout
One of Tabby’s mottos comes from Dory, a character in “Finding Nemo” who often said, “Just keep swimming!” Tabby’s parents taught her that, “if it doesn’t work out the first time, keep trying and trying until you get results.”
Around the World
Tabby was born in Korea and has since lived in many other countries due to her parents’ work overseas, including Croatia, Thailand and Japan. “It has been a wonderful experience to learn and live in different countries, but it was also challenging to make new friends.”
In the Band
In the 7th grade, Tabby started playing the clarinet, but quickly found her real muse was the saxophone. She continues playing the sax and is an active member of Grissom High’s marching band. Tabby has received the Superior rating at Solo Ensemble for saxophone and won 2nd place in Contest Band. Tabby also spends a lot of time volunteering at the library and is involved in REACH, a club that welcomes new students.
Tabby wants to help people, so she’ll be pursuing work in the medical field as a child psychiatrist.
PG (Parental Guidance) Rating
“I am most proud of the way my family has been able to remain close to each other and be able to count on each other for support.” Tabby recognizes her little brother Jack as a huge inspiration in her life. “He has switched schools two times this past year and is able to find positivity in the hardest of times,” she said.
Tabby’s parents, Sandra and Jacques Massengill, are very proud of her. “Tabby is a hard worker and perseveres no matter what the situation is,” said Sandra. “She has excelled in academic and social challenges even though it was never easy to enter a new school in a completely different country and learn the new rules of that particular culture.”
“We encourage Tabby to try her best and to never give up on anything no matter how hard the challenge. Much of success is about attitude, responsibility and hard work. A positive attitude goes a long way,” said Jacques. Also, “do not let your own fears get in the way of their dreams.”