Senior Abigail Rose Durst, 18, was born on January 20, 1999 in Willard, Ohio at Mercy Hospital. She lived there with her family for three years until moving to Lima where she would later attend school at Temple starting in the seventh grade. Previously, Abigail attended St. Charles for preschool and kindergarten, Elida Public Schools for first through fourth grades, and online school through OHVA for fifth and sixth grades. Currently, she resides in Elida with her mother, Amy, father, Dennis, younger sister, Allison, and Kav-a-mo dog, Max.
Active in school and extracurricular activities, she is a member of the National Honor Society and secretary of student government. Abigail is also in the high school choir and a part of Honors Journalism. She participated in four years of high school volleyball and three years of high school track and field. Her sophomore year, Abigail was voted 2014 Homecoming Attendant, and received the nomination again as a senior on the 2016 Homecoming Court. With a cumulative G.P.A. of 4.17, Abigail is Valedictorian of the 2017 graduating class.
Outside of school, Abigail attends Lima Community Church with her family where sings in her youth group worship band at The Axis. On Wednesday nights, she has a job working in their childcare and volunteers with the preschool on Sundays. This goes along with her babysitting whenever she can. As a part of her youth group she has went on a missions trip to Ecuador during the summer of 2016 and wishes to participate in more missions trips in the future. Her hobbies include watching Netflix, playing piano, cooking, singing, and spending time with loved ones. She also shares an interest in the arts, performing in Temple’s Drama Productions of Fiorello!, Anchors Aweigh, Little Women, and currently Hello, Dolly! with lead roles in Little Women and Hello, Dolly!.
When asked her favorite TV show, Abigail said Gilmore Girls due to its humour and relatable storyline. Her favorite movie is the recently filmed Hacksaw Ridge because of the overall moral and excellent graphics. Her favorite quote is “Stand Tall. Breathe Deep. Be Unstoppable.”, because it reminds her to be confident in herself. This quote is similar to her life verse, 2 Timothy 1:7, “For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline.”, which reminds her to live fearlessly and trust in God. Abigail also has a heart for service and desires to be involved in multiple community and ministry engagement projects throughout her life.
Abigail’s best vacation happened during July 2015 when she went to Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina and also visited Medieval Times in Myrtle Beach. This last winter she traveled to Frankenmuth, Michigan during Thanksgiving time and enjoyed attending the Christmas Tree-lighting. Her favorite childhood memories were made riding roller coasters with her father at Kings Island.
Abigail drives a 2003 Jeep Liberty Freedom Edition in blue with a two tone charcoal and tan interior. She likes to eat at Olive Garden and her favorite music changes daily but ranges from a wide selection of artists. A legacy Abigail would like to leave behind at Temple is to be remembered as a good leader and strong Christian who showed that through her words, actions, and encouragements. When asked what she will miss about attending Temple Christian School, Abigail said, “I will miss seeing my friends daily and interacting with the people this school has allowed me to grow close with.” She also shared that the most important thing she has learned through her high school experience is to “not change yourself for other people, but to stand out and show people who God created you to be”.
After she graduates, Abigail will be attending Wright State University in Dayton on a full-ride tuition valedictorian scholarship to major in Biomedical Engineering starting fall of 2017. Abigail has also been admitted into the University Honors Program and will be living on campus her freshman year. Congratulations, Abigail on all of your achievements, and thank you for your service to Temple Christian School. Blessings over you as you finish the rest of your senior year and end your high school career!