TPS Seniors 2019

Jacey Koo: TPS Senior 2019

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.


  1. Corrie Anna Campbell

    Jacey!! You have been such a great co-editor and friend. Thanks so much for all you have done for clay this year, and thanks for being part of my life. You are going to do amazing things at UCF, I just know it! =)

  2. Leanne Zuiderveen

    I am so excited to go to France with you this summer! All the best as you prepare for UCF and graduate this summer!

    • I’m so excited to go to France with you too! And to see you at camp, haha. Thank you, Leanne. 🙂

  3. Jonathan Reichenberger

    I’m not going to Jacksonville this year so I won’t get to see you and the Lyford’s this year, but congrats on graduating and good luck at UCF! I’m sure you’ll do great things there. May the legacy of the music competition judging committee live long. That is all.

  4. Awww Jacey it has been such a privilege to have you as one of my senior editors this year! I’ve enjoyed having Calc classes this year with you as well!
    So happy for you! Congrats! I’m sure you’ll do great at UCF, they have certainly found a gem. x)

    • It’s definitely been great doing calc with you this year and also participating in your hand-lettering challenge earlier this year =D. Thank you, Rose!

  5. Thanks for being an awesome senior editor!! So excited to see what God has in store for you at UCF and beyond 🙂


  7. Your picture is so pretty, Jacey! Clay spam comments definitely make an interesting read =D Good luck at UCF!

  8. Best wishes for your future, Jacey! You were a great Senior Editor, and it was loads of fun working with you this past year. I’m glad I finally got to hear the detail about the Unicorn coup.

  9. It has been so awesome getting to know you! I have so enjoyed every class that I have had with you. It looks like you have a busy but fun summer ahead, and I can’t wait to see you at camp. : )

  10. Congratulations Jacey! (again). You are so beautiful and smart, and you are going to be amazing in college. I can’t wait to hear from you on how it’s going. You’ve been a great classmate and friend. 🙂

  11. Thanks so much for being SE this year!!!! Blessings and prayers for your future in school and your career!!!! <3

  12. Abigail Kassing



  13. Such an inspiring bio, Jacey! Praying for you. <3

  14. Thank you for being an awesome SE! Blessings on your new chapter in life!

    • Thank YOU for being an awesome cooking columnist and making me hungry every time I published your articles, haha.

  15. It was a pleasure getting to work with you this year!

  16. Abigail Kassing

    You and Corrie Anna are going to be unforgettable names for the rest of my life. This is my first year so yeah, anytime i hear the name Jacey or Corrie Anna, i will automatically think of you two. *blows kisses *crying

  17. Christine Lyford

    It’s been so great having you as my senior editor for my first year on clay staff. I can’t necessarily say I’ll miss you, we literally see each other every week, but I will miss all the crazy clay stuff you send and do. Also, Team Jacey was totally cheated out of that round robin win. We were clearly the best. 😉

    • Ahaha you’re hilarious, thanks, Christine!! <3 I'll definitely still be seeing you around. It was awesome loosing our round robin together XD.

  18. Congratulations, Jacey! I have loved having you in class and I especially enjoyed meeting you at TPS camp. I hope the best for you at UCF and I hope you will keep in touch!

    • Thank you, Mrs. C! I will miss our calculus classes, but thanks for everything you’ve taught me over the last couple years!