High school senior dives into driving herself toward excellence

BOTKINS — Botkins High School senior Jenna Christman has approached high school with a solid philosophy. A philosophy, she says, she hopes more students will apply to themselves before they graduate.
“If you want to try something, now is the time to do it,” Christman said. “This is the time when you can try everything and see if you like it. Don’t wait until you are a senior to try something. I’ve seen a lot of people wait until they were seniors and then they try something and find out they enjoyed it. They lose out on a lot.”
The daughter of Linda and Gerri Christman and has five siblings, three of whom still live at home. She admitted she definitely applied the philosophy to herself during her school career. Among her list of activities, she has been active on the school cross country team and the show choir. She also has been active in FCCLA.
Outside of school, she has also been active in 4-H and CYO basketball. She has also been a lifeguard at the Botkins Municipal Pool for the last three years. Despite the hectic schedule, she has maintained a 4.0 grade point average and is one of six class valedictorians.
In all of the activities Christman has decided to try, her good work ethic has made the majority of those efforts a success.
In 10 years of 4-H, her sewing projects made her a qualifier for the state fair. At her church, she has been one of the leaders with the CYO youth groups and helped prepare younger members to prepare for confirmation.
In cross country, she was a two-time letter winner that helped the girl’s team qualify for the regional meet this past season. As an example setter in FCCLA, she helped the team reach a Gold ranking. She also played a key part in the school Music Department’s, “The Wizard of Oz” performance over Memorial Day weekend as the Wicked Witch of the West.
While she has not made a definitive decision for what she wants to do once she graduates, she plans to keep her efforts rolling straight into college and into the medical field.
“I want to do something in the medical field,” Christman said, “but I haven’t narrowed it down and I am keeping my options open. I like math as well so maybe something where I could use those skills.”
Christman has not chosen a college but said she plans to stay in Ohio. Among her possibilities are the University of Toledo or Bowling Green State University, or possibly a college in the Dayton area.
When she does manage to find some spare time, Christman likes to read. Jodi Picoult and Nicholas Sparks are two of her favorite authors.
Reflecting on her 12 years of education, Christman said she thinks Botkins has prepared her well for whatever she may encounter once she graduates.
“It is a tight-knit community,” Christman said. “Botkins has given me everything I need to take that next step. It has given me all of the resources I will need for college.”