I cannot tell you how many times I’ve run into the Upper School office stressed and practically yelling for Jessica’s help. I’ve asked countless questions about independent PE, conducting fundraisers during junior year while planning prom, organizing special schedules for the Jefferson Dancers to come this year, and more. Always rock solid in her answers, Jessica made sure that all of my questions were answered and every idea was carried out smoothly. Each time I entered the office, Jessica imbued me with her calm and collected air. Her enthusiasm paired with her kind smile made every task seem conquerable.
As the faculty leader of the CGSA this year, Jessica did a phenomenal job. She always listened to the ideas of the members of the CGSA but still “kept it real” by letting us know what was a realistic possibility for fundraisers, assemblies, or Kidnap Day. The amount of her dedication to Winterim for the past years has been so strong that she has become the face of planning and organization at Catlin.
I still remember my sophomore year accompanying a senior friend of mine to the office to fax some important documents to a college she was applying to. While Jessica was doing the paperwork, she turned to my friend and asked with sincerity how she was feeling. My friend burst into tears and told Jessica and vented about her stresses, and without hesitation Jessica hugged the both of us. In that little group hug, Jessica told us that she believes every Catlin student is an achiever of many things, and that the idea of her students being so stressed out and overworked worries her. She said she can see how everyone tries their hardest every day, and that she feels lucky to be a part of such a wonderful community because of the hard work of the students. In that moment I felt Jessica’s true appreciation and love for each and every student in the Upper School, the reason why everyone can’t help but love her right back.
Jessica has always been someone easy to talk to about my life because she’s always there for me and every other student in the Upper School. I admire the vigor and determination she has for each project thrown her way, as well as the sweet natural optimism and wholehearted love she has for every student.
Jessica, you’ve always had my back, and I will truly miss having you in my life next year. Although it’s inevitable that we would not be seeing each other next year, I’m also sorry for the incoming students, who will not have your dependable self by their sides throughout their high school career. You are the rock of the Upper School, and we all love you so much!