This Weeks Senior Spotlight - Jennifer Dong

posted Mar 1, 2017, 9:13 AM by Joe Cordova   [ updated Mar 1, 2017, 11:06 AM ]

Jennifer Dong arrived at Knippa her freshman year. The moments that most stand out as being not only fun, but funny, to her occurred during State UIL meets. She enjoyed the time spent with her teammates. Her fondest memory is winning first place in spelling and vocabulary as a team at the Regional UIL Meet in 2015. She stated, “After all the hours we each contributed studying for the benefit of the team, the sense of triumph and happiness we felt transcended any individual accomplishment.” Jennifer has competed in UIL spelling and vocabulary and UIL ready writing all four years. She competed in volleyball and track her sophomore year, and VASE (Visual Arts Scholastic Event) her sophomore and junior years. She participated in the G/T program her freshman and sophomore years and Student Council her junior year. She is a member of the National Honor Society, as well as Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. She will receive her Associate of Arts degree from SWTJC in May. Outside of school, she has continued taking piano lessons, which she began when she was eight years old. Jennifer placed third individually in spelling and vocabulary at the State UIL Meet in 2015, and her team placed second. She won first place in ready writing at the State UIL Meet in 2016. Her writing was published in the national magazine, Teen Ink, in 2016.  What Jennifer has most enjoyed at Knippa is learning from the “dedicated teachers. I was able to gain a broader understanding of the world.” She is thankful for the academically rigorous curriculum and the opportunity to take college classes while in high school. She will miss the familiar faces of teachers, staff, and classmates that she sees in the hallway each day as well as the classrooms to which she has grown accustomed. She will miss little things, such as crossing the railroad tracks each day and the sound of lockers opening and closing. She will also miss the big things like learning something new to expand her understanding of the world, whether it be Ms. Jerry Radicke’s U.S. history class, biology from Mrs. Rose Cooper, or trigonometry from Mrs. Lory Zimmerman. The advice that Jennifer has for other students is, “Focus on obtaining knowledge because learning can provide a sense of fulfillment to life that nothing else can. You can be anything you want with determination, curiosity, a spirit of inquiry, and discipline. By reading a variety of books and surrounding yourself with diverse perspectives, you can develop a deeper insight into the human experience. There is so much to learn in the world and so many opportunities available to attain that knowledge. Take advantage of every opportunity. Express your individuality and be yourself. Anything in the world is possible with hard work.” Jennifer plans to attend New York University or the University of Texas- Austin and double major in political science and English. Her ultimate goal is to become an international human rights lawyer. Jennifer is the daughter of Xuejun and Connie Dong. Good job, Jennifer, and good luck as you pursue all of your goals.