Meet Jenna Koo, your Arts and Culture Editor! Jenna has been with clay for three years, as Arts and Culture Editor last year and Music Columnist two years ago. Plus, she’s been with TPS for a whopping six years. When asked why she chose to be an editor for clay, Jenna explained that one of the things she enjoys most is helping people. Even if she’s busy, she tries her best to make time. Jenna’s columnists are in good hands!
When not editing, Jenna plays both violin and piano. Amazingly, she got to play with The Piano Guys at a Christmas performance. She has also participated in “a music academy at our church, which was a blast. I had a lot of fun playing music with my friends and my siblings.” As she says, “I love to play music to glorify God!” Speaking of siblings, Jenna has three: one older and two younger. Her youngest sibling is the only boy in her family; even her cousins are all girls. In describing the dynamic, Jenna says that they’re “a pretty crazy family.”
This so called “KooKoo” editor has a fun side as well! Living in Orlando, near Disney, Jenna loves Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and the music of John Williams. If she could be an animal, she would be a bottlenose dolphin. She says, “They’re such happy, playful creatures, and I would just love playing in the ocean all day.” This summer, she went to TPS camp to see her sister graduate, which was “absolutely the best time I’ve had all summer, besides traveling to Hawaii!”
It is worth noting that she also lives quite an interesting life. She has some fascinating tales to share, such as the story of her time at a hotel in West Palm Beach, Florida. “We were staying there at a hotel because my dad had a conference, but in the middle of the night, the fire alarm went off. Well, we did the most sensible thing we could think of and ran out of the room. However, as soon as we had reached the bottom of the stairs and had run out of the hotel, a couple came barreling towards us shouting, “Gunmen shooting everywhere! Run!” Of course, we didn’t just sit around. We frantically ran several blocks down the road in the middle of the night. The couple even ran over me and my older sister. We finally took shelter in a security building and got the all clear within the hour. The next day, we learned we had suffered mild trauma for nothing. Teenagers were making a music rap video outside our hotel. Apparently, one of the guests at the hotel panicked and pulled the fire alarm. That was obviously not the most logical thing to do, but the ‘race of our life’ did give us quite a story to tell!”
To end this article on a slightly more sober note, Jenna’s favorite Bible verse is Romans 6:6, “For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin.” She explains that, “this is just an amazing verse. It just comes to show how we have identity in Christ, and that we are now in Christ because of Christ and that it was not ourselves that saved us.”
That’s your Arts & Culture editor, folks! Your musical, easygoing, compassionate, and slightly “KooKoo” editor.
Note: Jenna is the shortest person (second from the right).