She was a member of the Student Council and was elected Class Secretary all four years for the Class of 1996. She was in the high school band as a flute player in her freshman year and, she was selected to be a Drum Major in her senior year. She was an Honors graduate who was also involved in the Political Action Club, Spanish Club and Students for Action.
Her high school yearbook quote reflects her core values of hard work, excellence, compassion and service to others:
“You cannot hope to build a better world without improving individuals.
To that end each of us must work for his own improvement, and at the
same time share a general responsibility for humanity, our particular
duty being to aid those to whom we think we can be most useful.” -Marie Curie
Her compassion for others led to her passion for helping others. Jen worked at the Swampscott Town Library, was a candy striper at Salem Hospital, and participated in the walk for MS. She volunteered at the Swampscott Senior Citizen’s Dance, volunteered at My Brother’s Table and for the American Heart Association and Toys for Tots. As a member of St. John the Evangelist Church, her hometown parish, she was also a religious education instructor.
As a senior in high school, she learned about the military academies. They intrigued her as she wanted a different college experience, different from the four-year traditional model. After visiting the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD and the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY and receiving appointments to both, she selected the Naval Academy. Her multifarious interests, her passion for serving others and her love of sailing combined to draw her to Annapolis.