Hardworking. Dedicated. Never give up attitude. These are all ways that people describe Jalyn '19. Her transition into sophomore year has been tough, however, she has faced it head on. "Sophomore year is definitely different than freshman year. There seems to be this big transition, not only in the amount of work, but a maturity level. As a sophomore there is more expected of you than as a freshmen." Even though her teachers expect more from her, Jalyn recognizes how much her teachers really care about her and her classmates. "The teachers are more understanding. I feel like I can talk to them about things and they listen." Jalyn, a graduate of St. Clement, continued her high school career at Roger Bacon because of the students. "When I shadowed at Roger Bacon, I felt more welcomed. I shadowed another St. Clement alum, Sarah Strotman, and I had a great day." During her day, students would affectionately call her "Little Carlas" in regards to her big brother, Carlas Jackson '14, which made her feel as if she was already a part of the community.
Just as her brother did and still does at Urbana University, Jalyn works very hard on the basketball court. This past season, the Spartans were led
by new coach, Mr. Cheesman. "Our season went really well! Mr. Cheesman took a lot of his time to work with us. Practices were hard and he just
pushed us to be a better team." The team ended their best season in 10 years with a 13-10 record. Jalyn tallied up some accolades as well. She
was named 2nd Team All-GCL Coed Central and she is currently third in career 3-point field goals with 66.
"One of my favorite things about Jalyn is her smile."
Annie Karle, English Teacher
Most of Jalyn's spare time is spent in the gym practicing with her AAU team, visiting with her grandparents at the University of Notre Dame (the gymnasium is her favorite place), or cheering on the Spartan basketball and football teams. Even with this commitment to basketball, Jalyn is able to read books for pleasure and stay on the honor roll. Next year she plans to take Honors/AP courses and is ready for the challenge. One of her favorite teachers, Mrs. Karle, recognizes Jalyn's dedication and her humble heart: "Jalyn is the total embodiment of what it means to be a Spartan and to be Franciscan. She is an incredibly disciplined young lady with the gentlest of hearts. Jalyn is particularly special because she is so talented, but she is humble and kind about her gifts."
When asked to give a piece of advice for incoming students, Jalyn smiled and said "Be organized, stay focused on your work and make good decisions."
"One of my favorite things about Jalyn is her smile," added Mrs. Karle. "She genuinely seems happy to be here at school learning every day! Jalyn is what a Spartan looks like- sharing her joy and spreading her charm."
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