Tanya Gaynor turned thoughts about a natural disaster into a career.
“I was in seventh grade when Hurricane Ike swept through our area. With all of the power out, we were headed to my aunt’s house to help her. My mom and I were talking about what kind of businesses would be affected or would benefit from the devastating storm. My mom said that she was sure landscaping industries would be getting a lot of calls. The seed of the idea was planted in my mind and it blossomed. All I could think of was, “How cool would it be to become a landscaper?”
She will attend Ball State University to major in landscape architecture with the help of BSU Presidential, and Presidential Room and Board scholarships. Owning a landscaping business is the ultimate goal. “It’s inspiring to walk through a beautifully designed garden and see the flowering plants. I hope that I can help give others that feeling someday through my work.”
The girls cross country team captain, a lifelong Dover resident, is the daughter of Ron and Donna Gaynor and sister to Philip, 34; Molly and Sarah, 30; and Amanda, 26.
All about me: Very shy! I also try to be funny .... I want to be a good friend and try my best to help others. I want to live for each moment and take nothing for granted.
Church: I have been a lifelong parishioner at the former St. John the Baptist Parish, Dover. This past summer, the decision was made by the Archdiocese of Indianapolis to close my parish and combine it with three others to form All Saints Parish of northern Dearborn County. I am a person who can be very inspired spiritually. I will be reading the Bible or coming from church with such awe, and realize that I want to be a servant to God. I love working at my church, learning about the history behind it and finding all of the hidden symbols.