Nicole Gray
Laid back, easy-going and energetic is just how "Nick-Knack," Nicole Gray, sophomore, describes herself. With a fresh new year underway, Gray is looking forward to the new opportunities that journalism has to offer. Interested in the writing and photography aspects of the course, she's excited to add these experiences to college applications in the future.

A dog lover, Gray aspires to be a veterinarian someday and currently has three dogs, a lab named Cooper, and two mutts, Cole and Joey. She is inspired by the nice, friendly atmosphere of a family friend's clinic in Newberg.

“I honestly can’t recall a single day I’ve lived without having a dog,” Gray said.

Spending the summer at her family's home in Newberg, Ore., Gray and her twin brother, Chris, attend school in West Linn because of the good school district. Over the summer, she enjoyed swimming with friends in her pool, although her favorite memories were from her week at Wildhorse Camp, especially the zip line. Gray loves adventure.

“Also, I ski almost every weekend in the winter with my dad,” Gray said. “We ski at [Mt. Hood] Meadows and I love it.”

A surfer for four years, she attended surf camp in California at Huntington and Newport beaches, staying with friends who run the camp. Gray loves the ocean, hence the reason behind why her favorite color is blue.

When she isn’t busy catching waves in the summer or hanging with friends, Gray enjoys volleyball, tennis, skiing and music. She enjoys listening to Taylor Swift, her favorite song by her is "Sparks Fly." More favorites include the TV show “Modern Family,” the movie “The Blind Side”, winter and spring seasons, and shopping at Urban Outfitters, “because, well, it’s Urban. I mean come on,” Gray said. “It’s like the coolest store.”

Although born in the United States, when she was five years old, Gray and her family moved across the globe to Istanbul, Turkey, for a year due to her dad's job with Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge.

“I remember one time my brother and I looked out our window and saw these cows just walking down the street in front of our house,” Gray said. “They had x’s marked on them, so they were probably meant for slaughter, but it was strange to see them just walking around like that.”

She and her brother attended one of the few English-speaking schools while living in Istanbul. Her family returned to Oregon after her brother's appendix had to be removed.

Gray is looking forward to being a reporter and photographer for the Amplifier this year and is excited to experience all of the new and interesting opportunities the class brings.

Nicole Gray, Photographer

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