ST. MARYS — When Jaclyn Smith graduates from St. Marys Memorial High School in 2013, she is going to miss her classmates and all of the enjoyable activities she has participated in as a St. Marys student.
“The small group of classmates I grew up with and that made me the person I am,” Smith said of what she will miss after graduation. “I’m going to miss all of the fun high school activities that go on.”
After graduation, Smith plans on heading to college — she is thinking about attending The Ohio State University — for physical therapy.
“I’ve had a couple experiences with physical therapy with sports,” she said. “It’s very hands-on, and I think I’d like doing that.”
In addition to playing soccer and running track for four years, at school, Smith keeps busy with activities — she is involved in Relay for Life, FCA, band and National Honor Society.
“In marching band I play the mellophone, and in symphonic band I play flute,” Smith said.
She credited band as being her favorite class, and St. Marys Middle School teacher Sheri Schlosser as her favorite teacher so far in her time with the St. Marys City School District.
“She was always really nice and really positive about everything,” Smith said. “She just made everything fun.”
Outside of school, Smith is involved in 4-H, Holy Rosary Youth Group and she works at Beer Barrel.
She noted she wasn’t able to pick one favorite memory from her time so far as a St. Marys student.
“I feel my greatest memories are yet to come because senior year is one to make them all last,” Smith said.
As for being a St. Marys student, Smith said she enjoys the unpredictability of the school day and the new opportunities.
“I love that something new happens every day and that we are given so many privileges that other schools don’t,” she said. “I also love having honors classes to separate you from everyone else.”
Smith noted being an honors student is something that sets her apart.
“I’m an honors student, and I always try to do my best in school, and I try to set a positive example for students,” she said.
For advice to other St. Marys students, Smith cautioned them to not sweat the small things and ignore the drama.
“Don’t worry about all the small things and all the drama,” she said. “None of it is worth it. Complaining about teachers won’t change anything, so just do your work and everything will pay off in the end. High school goes way too fast to worry about stupid stuff.”
Smith, 17, is the daughter of Greg and Suzanne Smith. She has two siblings, a brother, Austin, who is in eighth grade, and a sister, Rachel, who is a junior at Memorial High School.
— This is part of a senior feature series to appear in The Evening Leader on Saturdays, showcasing members of the 2012-13 St. Marys Memorial High School senior class.