Ashley Dinges, FBCA ’16, is the eighth FBCA senior to wear a special graduation gown. The gown, passed down from friend to friend, contains meaningful words of encouragement to inspire a fearless future in each young lady.
“The messages that encourage me the most in the gown are ‘live for Him where He leads you’ as well as ‘be an extraordinary ambassador of Christ,’” Dinges said.
Having attended FBCA since Pre-K, Dinges says having people invest time in her and unveil Christ’s love have been her favorite things about the school.
“I have looked up to the girls who have previously had the gown as they have been Godly examples, and I will take their words to heart,” she said.
Dinges has participated in Varsity Cheer as well as Varsity Track for all four years of high school and Varsity Soccer her senior year. She has also been involved in NHS, NEHS, Mu Alpha Theta, SLC and Big Sis Lil Sis.
“Being involved in these activities have allowed me to grow lovely friendships,” Ashley said. “When I was a sophomore in Track, Macey '14 and Kassidi '15 who had the gown before me, showed me how to walk with Christ. Their influence in my life greatly impacted me and shaped who I am today.”
After graduation, Ashley plans on attending Baylor University to study Business and Marketing. Ashley is eager to become a Baylor Bear, especially since her sister Kaleigh, FBCA ’13, also attends BU, and Ashley admires Kaleigh for her kindness and grace.
“I love the spirit, school pride as well as the Christian aspect that Baylor offers,” she said. “I hope to grow my faith in college and have wonderful adventures wherever God leads me.”
The historic gown’s journey will not stop with Dinges. Next, Ashley plans on giving it to Kendall Matthews. Matthews and Dinges have cheered together for more than five years.
“Kendall’s determination and integrity is amazing and she exhibits Christ's love for others,” Ashley said. “I plan to write ‘let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith’ found in Hebrews 10:22.'”
Former Gown Girls
Camy Hayes Mercer ‘09
Camy Hayes Mercer attended the University of Denver and received her undergraduate degree in both Psychology and Communication Studies in 2013. She married in 2015 and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree through Bank Street Graduate School. Her long-term goal is to complete a licensure in Child Life and work with chronically ill children and their families in hospital settings.
“I was overjoyed to find out that the gown has been passed down all of these years,” she said. “What a beautiful tradition! It’s a little foggy in my mind, but I think I had originally bedazzled the gown and/or my sash, and then I think it might have been Sophie that started writing messages in it.”
Sophie Fasullo Motta ‘10
Sophie Fasullo Motta attended Samford University in Birmingham, AL and obtained a degree in Human Development and Family Life Education. At Samford, she was involved in Campus Outreach, and it was there that she met Josh, whom she married in 2015 in New Orleans. Currently living in Louisville, Kentucky, Josh is working on his Masters of Divinity at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Sophie is working towards a certificate of biblical studies through the Seminary Wives Institute.
“I was the second generation of the graduation gown from Camy and then passed it on to Cayla,” she said. “We each wrote an encouraging message in the inside of the gown as each of us were going onto the next adventure and mission field of college. It was a heritage of Christian sisters, and I am so thankful that it is still going on today!"
Cayla Schaner ‘11
Cayla Schaner graduated from Baylor in 2015 with a B.A. in Spanish and Biology. She is currently working at the Fort Bend Skin Cancer Center, and she is applying to graduate schools to pursue a Masters in Physician Assistant Studies.
Megan Mulcahy ‘12
Megan Mulcahy is a recent graduate of Texas A&M. She obtained a business degree in Marketing.
Kaleigh Dinges ‘13
Kaleigh Dinges will be a senior at Baylor University. She is studying Business Finance.
Macey Mulcahy ‘14
Macey Mulcahy is a junior at Texas A&M. She is an Education major with a concentration in math and science.
Kassidi Kaminski ‘15
Kassidi Kaminski is a sophomore at the University of Texas at Austin. She is a Psychology major in the Liberal Arts Honors Program. Her goal is to find a career in the field of child advocacy.
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