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Student Spolight: Jacqueline Kennedy '17

Junior Jacqueline Kennedy has racked up impressive honors for her running, her academics and her volunteer service.

Each week the Scecina Student Spotlight introduces the Crusader Community to a current Scecina student who has been a recipient of the President's Academic Excellence Award. 

By Cari Gallagher '93

Scecina junior Jacqueline Kennedy is a triple threat: an outstanding student, a dedicated athlete, and a faithful servant leader. Her list of achievements and awards is lengthy and impressive. Yet Jacqueline remains humble, choosing to model the core values of excellence, vocation, stewardship, and servant leadership, inspired by Father Thomas Scecina, through her actions and not her words.

Jacqueline excels in all of her courses, but she particularly enjoys math and science. This school year she is enrolled in Pre-Calculus, AP Biology, Physics, and Anatomy. She is also taking AP U. S. History and AP Language Composition. Despite her rigorous class schedule, Jacqueline maintains an impressive A+ average. She is a three-time recipient of the President’s Academic Excellence Award, an honor bestowed on students who are either in the Top 10 of their respective class or whose grade point average is a 4.0 or higher.

Jacqueline’s academic success also earned her membership in the National Honor Society, the nation's premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. More than just a list of honor students, NHS serves to recognize those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character. Chapter memberships not only recognize students for their accomplishments, but also challenges them to develop further through active involvement in school activities and community service.

When she is not in class, Jacqueline can be found training year-round with Coach Ryan Keen and her teammates from the Crusader cross country and track and field teams. She is an elite runner who holds multiple school records. As part of the Crusader cross country program Jacqueline has a remarkable resume, including:

  • Three-time Regional qualifier
  • Two time Semi-State qualifier
  • Three-time ICC All Conference Honors
  • Two-time All City Honors
  • Two-time All-State Honorable Mention
  • Three-time team MVP

And the accolades don’t stop there. She is also a two-time Indiana Indoor State Qualifier in the 60-meter high hurdles. Although balancing academics and athletics has been her biggest challenge thus far, Jacqueline’s dedication to both school and sport has earned her ICC Academic All-Conference Honors (2016), the Scecina Scholar Athlete Award (2014, 2015, 2016) and the William Bevan Award (2015), which is given to the male and female student athlete in each class who has earned the highest grade point average.

Despite her hectic daily schedule, Jacqueline makes service to others a top priority. She represents Scecina and her classmates as a Student Ambassador and a member of the Student Council. She promotes service in her community as part of the Key Club, sponsored by Kiwanis International. And she crusades for the right to life movement as the secretary for Crusaders for Life.

Jacqueline is the daughter of Cris Kennedy, an ESL teacher with Indianapolis Public Schools, and John Kennedy, who is president of Greenfield Banking Company and a former member of the Scecina Board of Directors. She is the youngest of three children. Jacqueline hopes to follow in the footsteps of her brother Michael, a 2014 Scecina grad, by attending the U.S. Naval Academy to study math or science. Her oldest brother John graduated in 2012. The family belongs to Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Irvington.

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WAY TO GO, Jacqueline!!

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Great role model, Jacqueline!

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