Eagle Award Winner: Varsity sports star has passion for science

Ava Musgraves
Print Editor

Jenna Clark
Senior Jenna Clark poses with parents on Senior Night. Photo provided by Jenna Clark

From breaking records on the women’s golf team to being a leader in STEM and business classrooms, senior Jenna Clark has left a mark on WGHS with her strong work ethic.

Clark attended elementary school at Edgar Road Elementary and continued her education at Steger and Hixson Middle School before attending WGHS.

Clark’s passion for science has been present in most of her educational career in the district, peaking her interest since sixth grade.

“It all started with sixth grade, especially my home room teacher, Mr. Don Knobbe. He did so much stuff in his classroom that was STEM related, and I loved it.”

Her experience at the high school has been nothing short of well-rounded, being involved in leadership positions on DECA and Marketing as well as succeeding in two Varsity sports teams.

Clark will continue the trend of excelling in academics and sports at Maryville University, where she is committed to play on their golf team after spending all four years at WGHS on the Varsity women’s golf team, as well as the Varsity women’s basketball team.

“I loved every single second of the (WGHS) golf team. As a team we were super close. They are some of my best friends and we had a lot of success, so that is something I will definitely remember,” Clark said.

Clark’s teammates respect her work-hard, play-hard attitude, including senior Annabelle Lewis.

“During the season, Jenna always made sure we took ourselves seriously but could make us cry of laughter at any moment. She was so supportive of everyone on the team, no matter how good or bad you played that day. Jenna always worked hard to be the best we could be, all while encouraging us to never feel bad and to just have fun,” Lewis said.

Clark plans to major in bioengineering as part of a dual-degree program with Washington University St. Louis.

“Getting to high school, I was able to take so many science classes that piqued my interest. My passion for STEM just continued with all the opportunities I was given; it just enhanced that. Now, I get to go even further with my education and that all started at Webster,” Clark said.

Ava Musgraves – Print Editor

This will be Ava Musgraves’ second year on ECHO staff, but she made several contributions while taking journalism class her sophomore year.

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