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Without that smile, she just wouldn’t be Vicky

Posted in: Society
By Kaye Collier
Jan 24, 2013 - 8:36:10 AM

Vicky Beth Smith“When most girls were playing with their iPods, I was playing with my Barbies,” Vicky Smith recalled with a smile.
Charmingly framed in dimples and mirrored in her dark eyes, that smile is such an integral part of the pretty high school senior’s identity that without it, one suspects that she just wouldn’t be Vicky.
For a number of years, one of the girl’s principal hobbies has been collecting Barbie dolls. She now has at least 75 of them, she said. Three are on display in her room; and one, the Holiday 2012 collector’s doll that was a Christmas gift from her boyfriend, is still tucked away in its box in deference to the collector’s common method for preserving or enhancing an item’s value.
The remaining dolls are stored in a pink trunk. As a child, Vicky knew only that she enjoyed playing with the broad array of dolls that Mattel® designed and marketed, and that’s pretty hard to do if the plaything is collecting dust in a box.
She has been such a Barbie fan through the years, in fact, that she chose the history of the perpetually-popular doll as the topic of her senior term paper.
Overachiever
When she arrived on December 29, 1994, little Vicky Beth Smith was welcomed, not only by her parents, Rusty and Karen, but also by three older sisters.
Kristy (Smith) Greer now lives in Erick, Mary (Smith) Chambers resides in Wichita Falls, and Jacy Smith is currently a resident of Bryan, Texas. All three are Bray-Doyle graduates, and Vicky will follow in their footsteps this spring. Her two oldest sisters have given her three nieces.
Rusty Smith, who has managed to survive thus far in this world of females, is the superintendent lake ranger at Clear Creek; and his wife Karen is the secretary for Bray-Doyle Elementary.
“I have the best mama ever,” Vicky noted. Her personality is a great deal like her mother’s, she said—mostly positive and upbeat.
It has been said that an individual has “class” if she has a knack for putting others at ease. If so, the 18-year-old is a “class act.”
“I like to make people feel comfortable, and I like people,” Vicky observed, adding quickly, “but I tend to be a perfectionist, and I stress out if I mess something up.”
With a grade-point average of 4.0 and an ACT score of 24, Vicky has an excellent academic record. She has been inducted into both the National Honor Society and Oklahoma Honor Society and currently serves as NHS president. Moreover, this is her fourth year on the school’s academic team.
During her high school career, she has been recognized for excellence in English II and III, government, U.S. history (twice), Computer I and Algebra II, and has received the Director’s Award in band performance.
As a freshman, Vicky claimed the prestigious honor of Masonic Student of Today; and the following year, she was one of only 50 students from throughout Oklahoma to be tapped for the state superintendent’s Student Advisory Council.
An aspiring writer, Vicky took second place as an eighth-grader in the local Patriot’s Pen essay contest sponsored annually by the VFW, and one of her poems has been published in Famous Poets of the Heartland.
In addition, she has racked up at least three years of perfect attendance and her own unbroken niche on the superintendent’s honor roll.
Vicky has participated in a number of leadership conferences through Upward Bound, FCCLA, the National Technical Honor Society, Skills USA and the Student Council. Morover, she has put this training to good use as class secretary three years and vice-president once.
After three years of service as her class’s vice-president in Bray’s FCCLA chapter, she is currently serving as chapter president.
Extracurricular activities include yearbook, cheerleading and band. A scheduling conflict forced her to drop out of band this year, but she had played alto sax in Bray-Doyle’s program since fifth grade.
Divided schooldays
Vicky attends classes at Bray-Doyle in the afternoon, but her mornings are spent in the two-year cosmetology curriculum at Red River Tech Center.
“I’ve always wanted to be a cosmetologist, so it has worked out well that I get to attend classes at Red River Tech and still go to college,” she said.
In fact, she plans to use the skills she’s learning now to help put herself through college.
At RRTC, Vicky has been inducted into the National Technical Honor Society and is currently serving as president of the cosmetology division of the tech center’s Skills USA chapter.
Last spring, she chose to compete in the local Skills USA fantasy hair competition. Her tendencies toward perfectionism and attention to detail were in play throughout the painstaking process.
“Vicky spent numerous hours, both at school and at home, to perfect the style and three-tone hair color that accentuated the upswept style,” noted her cosmetology instructor, Gerry Rawlings.
“The theme of her style was inspired by a beautiful peacock feather that was evident in the three colors—blue, purple and green—that she colored the mannequin’s hair,” she continued. “Her entry was complete with facial makeup, jewelry and a silver ‘blouse.’”
Rawlings went on to say that Vicky was required to document her entry with photos and a journal outlining the entire procedure.
Her efforts paid off. In the local contest, she placed second; and at the state level, she received an excellent rating and finished in second place there, as well. Furthermore, the latter honor secured her a Woodward Foundation Scholarship valued at $250.
Changing the world,
one roof at a time
Despite her busy schedule, Vicky has found time to assist with blood drives, a food drive, clean-up day at school, the setting up of Bray’s community Christmas display, bake sales, and the gathering of supplies for American troops overseas.
In the summer of 2011, she received help from her church, Lakeside Baptist, toward the participation fee for World Changers and in the blazing heat, helped roof a house in Duncan and in so doing, shared her faith with others.
When she has a little break in her routine, she enjoys listening to gospel and country music or spending time with her longtime boyfriend and fellow classmate, Chris Womack.
A bright future
After completing her education at Bray-Doyle, Vicky plans to attend college—probably the University of Oklahoma or Cameron University—where she will major in professional writing and minor in journalism.
She has been offered a scholarship to Oklahoma Baptist University valued at more than $30,000, but this amount is less than one-third of the total expense to obtain a bachelor’s degree at the private school. So this is not an option.
“I’m looking at what’s financially best,” she observed.
Vicky has applied for a PLUS scholarship at Cameron, one of the university’s most prestigious scholarships. PLUS features a full tuition waiver for up to 18 hours a semester, a single room waiver, an $800 first-year stipend and a $500 fourth-year stipend.
In addition to this financial support, the scholarship includes a four-year leadership development program for the recipient.
But wherever Vicky ultimately continues her education, she will assist with her college expenses by working as a cosmetologist.
“Vicky is a very sweet girl in the classroom, and I think she will build a clientele easily because she is meticulous in her work and very dedicated to pleasing the client,” Rawlings observed. She also alluded to a more athletic, assertive side to her student’s personality, in situations where “she could hold her ground, if needed.”
Vicky’s keen, practical mind and her dedication to the task at hand should ensure a bright future for her. But another, more important, factor will undoubtedly prove to be the true catalyst.
“I know I need to follow God, and I want to do what God wants me to,” she attested.

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