But Rayne is obviously a more complex young woman than this characterization would suggest.
Despite her relaxed approach to life in general, she appears to attach a great deal of importance to the pursuit of success.
At present, the petite high school senior with the honey-blonde hair and hazel eyes has leveled her sights on a profession as a news anchor. Her experiences as a member of M.O.S.T. (the Marlow Outlaw Speech Team), as well as the MHS exPRESS staff, have provided a solid foundation on which to build as she continues her education at the college level.
“I actually didn’t want to do either one (speech or journalism),” she admitted during a recent interview. She enrolled in speech/drama as a freshman to meet a fine arts requirement, “and I ended up really loving it, so I stayed in,” she said. She noted that she loves performing before an audience.
Rayne is now in her fourth year as part of the program, and she has learned a great deal about the realm of oratory and theatrics. During the past three years, she has been a finalist in six different events at regional competition; and at state, she placed seventh in prose as a sophomore and fourth in poetry last spring.
This year, she is a team captain and tutors Drama I students after school. Furthermore, she has appeared in three school plays, Rumors, Moose Murders and Fools.
“Rayne is amazingly mature, calm and kind for a high school student,” noted MHS drama/speech instructor Paula McConnell this week.
“She sees a bigger picture than high school,” McConnell continued. “She is aware of a world outside Marlow. . . .A terrific leader, [she] has been active in our department for four years, both onstage and in competition.”
A friend of Rayne’s, Erica Robinson, encouraged her to apply for a position on the exPRESS staff during her sophomore year.
She was accepted and soon learned that she not only liked writing for her high school newspaper—she also had a knack for it. Early on, during her first year as a “cub reporter,” one of Rayne’s sports articles placed second statewide in the OIPA competition.
Her duties as a staff writer, photographer and assistant editor laid the groundwork for her present position as editor-in-chief.
After graduating from Marlow High School next spring, she plans to combine her interest in journalism with her background on the stage and the confidence she has acquired through it by majoring in mass communications, with an emphasis on broadcast journalism, at the University of Oklahoma.
“That is what my heart is set on, as of right now,” she noted.
Rayne is in the process of applying for admission to OU, she indicated. With an ACT score of 28, she should be a shoo-in.
But higher education is expensive—shamefully expensive—and she recognizes this fact. Although she has been applying for scholarships since August and has already received the Joe Bob Roy Memorial Senior Scholarship, Rayne won’t be depending on this kind of funding alone to pay for her studies.
In fact, she plans to join the Oklahoma Army National Guard and use her military pay to help with college expenses.
More long-range plans include getting married and having a family, preferably two boys and a girl, she said, quickly adding, “but I’ll take whatever God gives me.”
Little yankeeRayne Ashley Grandy was born July 28, 1995, in Norwich, Connecticut, to David and Cora Grandy. Her only sibling is younger brother Aric, who is 15 and a sophomore at MHS.
Asked about her unusual first name, Rayne explained that it is based on a character in a book her father had read before she was born.
When she was still a toddler, her dad joined the U.S. Army. After a time at Fort Sill, he was assigned to a security unit in Washington, D.C., and later sent to Korea. At this point, Cora and the children moved into her parents’ home in Norwich temporarily.
David’s next assignment, Fort Polk, Louisiana, was the last one before his discharge from the military. The family moved to Virginia briefly, then relocated to Duncan.
Up to this time, the Grandys’ nomadic existence had landed Rayne in several different schools. But upon their arrival in Duncan, she was enrolled in Marlow Elementary. The family moved to Marlow shortly thereafter, and Rayne and Aric have attended school here ever since.
David Grandy is currently a member of the OANG and the game warden for Fort Sill, and Cora is enrolled at Cameron-Duncan and working for the Great Plains Country Association.
Recalling her grade school and middle school years, Rayne recalled the pride she felt after winning a good handwriting award in second grade. She also had a great attendance record and was an outstanding student, taking home all A’s until losing a few battles with sixth-grade science.
She played softball with the local little league and the Marlow Middle School team, and ran track for a couple of years, but confessed that she really wasn’t very athletic.
Rayne’s scholastic prowess has followed her into high school. She currently holds a GPA of 3.96 unweighted, or 4.1 weighted. She has been enrolled in AP English since her sophomore year, and has had one semester each of AP history and AP government, she said.
In addition to serving as captain of the MHS academic team, she is involved in a number of extracurricular activities, including the National and Oklahoma Honor Societies, the ACT 25+ Club, Random Acts of Kindness, and Bleacher Creatures.
“I feel like I have a servant’s heart,” she asserted, explaining that she has a tendency to put others’ needs before her own. Which might explain her involvement in RAK and her willingness to be a blood donor.
Personal profileIn her leisure time (what little there is of it), Rayne enjoys reading, watching movies, and of course, texting friends or conversing with them on the phone.
Her favorite movie genres are action films and those based on superheroes.
“But I do enjoy a good ‘chick flick,’ too,” she added. “I’d just as soon watch The Vow as Captain America.”
As is the case with so many of us, another of her favorite pastimes is eating.
“I really like food,” Rayne stated simply, without further elaboration. She failed to mention the fantastic metabolism that keeps her slim and trim despite this fondness.
Another activity she enjoys “whenever I have some down time,” she said, is running her fingers over the family’s keyboard.
“I’ve never had a music lesson in my life,” she noted, adding that she has taught herself to play a number of popular numbers and compositions written for the piano.
Rayne regularly attends Ray of Hope Church south of Duncan, where she is a member of the Breakthrough program for teens. The church is in the process of establishing a drama team, she said, and she is eager to become involved in this outreach.
Without a doubt, Rayne Grandy will prove to be a valuable asset to any future endeavor in which she plays a part, be it in a spiritual setting or on any of life’s other stages.