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Hometown: Opalocka, FL
high school: Hialeah Miami Lakes HS
college: Howard University
Although she has not yet achieved self-actualization, Jaquesta is much closer today than she ever was before. Once a reserved girl who spent most of her time alone due to social anxiety, she is now a prominent academic and extracurricular leader within her high school. She leads her class with a 5.014 GPA and holds positions as the president of her school’s Science National Honor Society and vice-president of its National Honor Society. Despite how far she has come in confidence and security, her journey of growth was not an easy one.
Born on April 25, 1998 and raised in the city of Opa-Locka with her single mother, Jaquesta was instilled with the idea that education is the key to success. Thanks to early-on teaching and a natural propensity for academics, she found little trouble in excelling. She instead found difficulty in communicating with others.
She delved into different interests as a way of self-expression. She fostered her artistic and writing skills and also involved herself heavily in community service. She, along with her family, made it a tradition to help the homeless in her area by handing out food during Thanksgiving and bags of essentials during Christmas. As a volunteer with ASPIRE To, Inc., she annually assisted in packing and distributing backpacks filled with school supplies to underprivileged students within her community. She also volunteered at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, within the Michael Fux Center, for two years.
As a high school freshman, Jaquesta assumed she would remain shy and withdrawn. It was during this time, though, that she met her first mentor. With the support of her mentor, she was encouraged to step out of her comfort zone and take on new opportunities such as difficult AP classes and different extracurricular activities. The experience culminated with her becoming an AP Scholar and involving herself in a variety of clubs and sports, including SNHS, NHS, Model UN, Project Citizen, DECA, Varsity Tennis, and Varsity Soccer. Some of her most memorable experiences were participating in SECME, successfully passing a public policy with Project Citizen, and qualifying for DECA states.
In the summer of 2015, Jaquesta was selected to participate in the University of Miami’s High School Careers in Medicine Workshop, a seven-week program developed for minorities interested in pursuing careers in the medical field. She also earned her place as a Questbridge finalist within the same year.
With countless accolades and achievements to boast, Jaquesta continues to remain humble. No decision has been made on the college she will attend, but she plans to major in Chemistry and aid in the development of cures for neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and dementia. As a Ron Brown scholar, she wants to pay-it-forward by becoming a mentor to someone just as insecure in his or her abilities as she used to be.Back to 2016 Scholars