Jessica Jaquess is a senior at Jennings County High School.
She is the daughter of Ben Jaquess, a German teacher at Jennings High, and the late Michelle Pettit Jaquess.
Jaquess is the oldest of four girls. Her sisters are Amanda, Sarah and Jenna.
She attended Rockcreek Elementary in Columbus for kindergarten through second grade, and completed her elementary school education at Scipio Elementary.
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Jaquess is involved in many student activities, such as Student Council, German Club, Show Choir and Jennings County High School’s new A Capella Club. When Jaquess is not involved in one of her many clubs, she enjoys spending time outdoors.
“Whether it be taking a walk through the woods or strolling along the beach, I love being outside,” Jaquess said.
I asked Jaquess what was her greatest high school memory is and she said it was all the memories she has made with her friends.
Jaquess’ plans after high school are to attend IUPUI to major in exercise science and minor in psychology. She hopes to become a doctor of physical therapy that specializes in underdeveloped children.
With such big dreams has to come with an inspiration. I asked Jaquess who in her life has inspired her.
“My father is my hero, my backbone, my support and definitely my inspiration,” she said.
As Jaquess finishes her last year of high school, I asked her what is the most important thing she has learned in her four years of high school. She answered with an inspirational quote from a one of the teachers at Jennings High.
“It’s not about the grade you get, it’s about how much you learn in the process,” she said, quoting Felicia Hill.
Finally, I asked Jaquess if there was anything else she would like to add, and she suggests to always be thankful.
“Life is way too short to take things for granted. We should all take a daily step back and remember just how blessed we are,” she said.
Erika Malone is a senior at Jennings County High School.