When asked about her time at Sacred Heart, Jarece said that the school had an environment that allowed her thrive and just be herself. She first enrolled at Sacred Heart in 2010 as a sixth grader, and during her six years here, it is clear that she has thrived.
She characterizes her life as “busy.” That is quite the understatement. She is Vice President of the SGA, a member of Beta club, the Spanish Club, Mu Alpa Theta (a mathematics club), and a vital member of the Varsity volleyball team. As a matter of fact, the Anniston Star recently did a one-on-one interview with Jarece, discussing her success as a student-athlete. Last year, she was named honorable mention for the All Calhoun County team. Besides her involvement in Sacred Heart, she is also active in the Anniston community. She has been a volunteer for the City of Anniston’s Good Choices Program, the Community Action Agency (a local social services organization), and summer day camps that help mentor kids in need.
Oh, and by the way, she is also a student and a good one at that. During her time at Sacred Heart, she has developed a love for English and history, in particular American history. As for English, she enjoys writing, especially argumentative writing. Given her interest in the art of argumentation, you might be able to guess her career plans. After graduating from college and law school, she wants to practice law. Last year, she was able to shadow the city’s District Attorney and was fascinated by the entire judicial process. She said that the experience opened her eyes to the legal system. She was amazed at the ability of both the prosecution and defense to present arguments on both sides.
Though she has yet to decide on where she wants to go to college (or law school for that matter), she has been actively recruited by some colleges and universities and has gone on several campus tours. Some of her schools of interest are Samford, Auburn, the University of Georgia, Birmingham-Southern, and the University of Alabama. At this time, she wants to major in journalism in order to pursue her interest in writing and minor in political science. After this, it is on to law school.
When asked what it is about Sacred Heart that helped her thrive, she said that, first and foremost, the school encourages the “public expression of faith.” Coming from a public school environment, she said, teachers and students had to keep their faith private, even though many people are Christian. The ability to pray and express my beliefs, she said, deepened her faith in God. Another important element of Sacred Heart she mentioned is the strong sense of community. The school’s small setting helps build “a sense of comradery between the teachers and students,” she said, “The teachers genuinely care and love the students.”
Jarece, we are proud of the well-rounded woman you have become! We know you will succeed at anything you put your mind to.