Onysti Gainey

by Terry Watson | March 15th, 2018
Onysti Gainey (J’ness A. O’garro)

Onysti Gainey (J’ness A. O’garro)

In less than four years, Onysti Gainey has made a name for herself at James B. Dudley High School in Greensboro, NC. She is the social butterfly that brightens up any room with her vibratious smile. However, this is a minor introduction into who she really is as a person. She has earned the respect of her peers and established her own legacy at a school already deeply enriched in African American success and history.

Onysti is a go-getter. She is intelligent, self-driven, confident, ambitious, caring, loving, and independent. She is also very dedicated and focused in regards to reaching a goal that she has set for herself. Yet, she still finds time to laugh and have a great time with family and friends. Onysti has a purpose behind everything she does and is proving that hard work and remaining humble can take you very far in life.

During her senior year, she has accomplished a lot both inside and outside of the classroom. With being in the Early College Academy Program at Dudley, she has been given the opportunity to get a head start on college credits at Guilford Technical Community College in Jamestown. She has been accepted into three colleges thus far, North Carolina A&T State University, North Carolina Central University, and Winston Salem State University. Winston Salem State University has also offered her their Chancellor Scholarship. Additionally, she has made the auxiliary squad for the third year in Dudley’s Marching Band of Thunder, and became the President of the Dudley Ladies.

Things don’t always come easy in life, something Onysti has already learned. She campaigned for class president each of her four years at Dudley and was finally elected as a senior. “Senior year is the most important year to be president of your class because you are more involved and hands on with planning events for your class such as the senior cookout, senior breakfast, and my current project that I am working on which is the senior trip. This position means a lot to me because I did not only want to make a change for my class, but for my school as well. I am honored and forever thankful to my class for choosing me for the position,” she says.

“Being a Dudley Panther feels as if I’ve been adopted into another family. The pride at my school is so strong and I do believe that no other school can compare. The amount of success and legacies left at Dudley is inexplicable. To know that you attend a high school that breeds nothing but greatness is a wonderful honor to carry,” she says.

Moving forward, with their only being a few more months of high school left, Onysti plans to graduate and attend Winston Salem State University in the fall. From there she plans to obtain a bachelor’s degree in Biology and work a part time job as an EMT. She will then apply to Physician’s Assistant school.

Onysti excels in goal setting and is destined to leave her mark on the world. However, before it’s all said and done she knows there is more work to do. “If I could change anything in the world, it would be to erase hate and replace it with more love. I feel that hate is the world’s biggest battle and if we all just loved one another we wouldn’t have anything to fight about,” she says.

Onysti credits her parents, family, and friends for pouring into her life. It is their love that opened the channels for her to succeed. She is merely repaying them by giving it her all.

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