Twelve-year-old Jacey nearly cried when her mother told her that from now on, she was doing online school.
“School where you can’t even see your classmates? School where you have to listen to the same. exact. guitar music nine times per week before class?”
The thought gave her nightmares.
Six wonderful years and a whopping thirty-five classes later, Jacey found herself Senior Editor of the said online school’s very own newspaper and leading the event that would change the problem of GP6 music forever. At TPS, she was astounded to find herself in not only a singularly academic community but also in a place where people cared and where distance was a mere trifle when it came to friendships. Throughout those years, Jacey, also known as “Madame Secretary Kooprite” or the “Fish-Head Queen,” has learned more about derivatives and integrals than she ever thought possible, was enlightened with the knowledge that most people actually don’t eat fish eyes (who knew?), and discovered clay spam comments make very interesting reads, especially if you’re interested in curing baldness.
Not wanting to waste any precious moments of her high school years, Jacey was insistent upon doing some good in this world. Three years ago, she and several other editors may or may not have helped blow up a Cracked Pot email chain by spamming countless emails to the entire magazine’s staff, the contents of which argued why polka-dotted, maroon unicorns can indeed eat hamburgers while balancing atop umbrellas. The coup culminated in her crowning Mark Lyford and Molly Weber as the new Senior Editors in chief and insisting that all who wished to demonstrate their loyalty must donate them a lifetime’s supply of bacon. Suffice to say, she and the other editors may have had their posting and WordPress rights temporarily revoked, but that evidently did not stop her from becoming Senior Editor several years later. “I hope my own editors don’t copy my example,” she said. “Oh wait, they’ve already killed me, never mind.”
On another note, Jacey has so many teachers to thank for their wisdom and patience when replying to the constant emails saying something along the lines of, “I’m sure the answer key was wrong!” Among them are Mrs. Leake, Mr. Crosby, Mrs. Crosby, Mrs. Troxell, Mrs. (Super) Selby, Madame Starosciak, and Dr. Rathmell. It was these teachers who taught her that school isn’t just memorizing the facts and taking what they say for granted. It’s about learning to think for yourself and wielding that useful piece of grey matter in your head (which actually is mostly white matter according to Dr. Rockholm).
As a National Merit Finalist, Jacey will be going to the University of Central Florida this fall, having been accepted into their competitive Medical Scholars and honors programs. She knows that it was her experience here at TPS that helped her get to this point and will continue her education by pursuing a degree in Health Sciences and hopefully going into medicine later on. This summer, she will also be graduating with some of her best friends at the TPS summer camp and will follow the grand finale by traveling over break to Acadia National Park, the TPS France trip, and finally Hawaii.
Although it will be bitter-sweet to close this chapter of her life, Jacey looks forward to what the future has in store for her. She also hopes that all her amazing TPS friends will keep in touch with her because TPS wouldn’t have been TPS without them!
Favorite Bible Verse:
Philippians 4:6-7 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Advice to the Younglings:
I have two words of advice: 1) Don’t procrastinate. Maybe this is like asking some of you to stop being human, but trust the ultimate INFJ: it makes your life so wonderfully free. Plus, you’ll have more time to procrastinate on other stuff later, ha! 2) Go get yourself some amazing friends––you can find them! Friends who listen, who work hard, and who can joke about the same thing for the next ten years straight are the people who will make school into the best experience you’ve ever had.
P.S. Shout out to Corrie Anna for being the best co-editor evah and for reminding me that Chuck should always spin his daggers.