Jenna Hersh '19

Jenna Hersh '19

Softball (Varsity, Captain)
Swim & Dive (Varsity)
Field Hockey (Varsity)
Benelli Writing Center Fellow
O.M.E.G.A. (Secretary)
Special Olympics (Coach)
Disciplinary Committee
Theater
Cum Laude Society

Hometown: Canton
Attending: Colby College

How has Thayer influenced you both as a student and as a person?

Thayer helped me to find my interests and realize what kind of person I want to be in the world. Throughout my years at Thayer, I’ve been able to gain confidence in myself both academically and personally. I’ve met some amazing people in all different areas of the Thayer community, and I’ve learned how different people approach the world. Thayer has also taught me how to develop my own views. 

What was your most challenging class?

PreCalc Honors was definitely one of the hardest classes I’ve ever taken at Thayer. Not only was the material very advanced, but we also had to apply the topics we learned in class to much harder concepts that we had never seen before on tests, which was challenging for me. After a few not-so-great grades and some extra help sessions with Mr. Forrest, it eventually started clicking for me, and I ended up doing pretty well in the class!

Who is your favorite teacher at Thayer?

I’ve had so many great teachers over the years, but one of my favorite teachers was Mr. Goldstein, who taught my Geometry Honors class sophomore year. Every day I was excited to come to class because of how fun he made all of the topics we were learning. I remember one day he even brought in glass prisms and had us fill them with water to demonstrate geometry concepts. I also love Ms. Evans, who I had this year for Honors English Seminar. She always led us in deep, interesting discussions and encouraged me and my classmates to think about topics on many different levels. Outside of the classroom, she’s also just a really supportive and well-educated person.

What do you plan to study in college and why?

I’m not exactly sure yet, but I’m very interested in biology or psychology. I’ve also really enjoyed the computer science classes I’ve taken at Thayer, so I might want to pursue that more of that at Colby College. 

What will you miss most about Thayer Academy?

Definitely the people. All of the teachers are so supportive and helpful, and they’re always willing to meet for extra help or to just talk. I’m also going to miss the fact that every time I walk down a hallway, I know every face and can say “hi” to anyone.

What’s an interesting fact about you that most people don’t know?

I love “Shark Week” and watch it every year with my dad!

What is your most memorable academic experience?

For my English elective, I took Scene to Screen with Ms. Bloom, and our final project was to make a documentary about a topic of our choosing by interviewing members of the Thayer community. My group chose the topic of physician-assisted suicide. It can be a very serious and controversial topic, but it was interesting for me to hear all of our interviewees’ different opinions, and we even sparked a class discussion when we presented our video. 

Who inspires you the most?

Definitely “Profe” (Mr. Diamond). I had him for Spanish 3 Honors sophomore year and not only was he a great teacher, but he also has such a kind heart; he cares so much about everyone. When he told my class stories about all of his travels and the people he had met around the world, I could tell that (even if he didn’t say it to us) he had shared his kindness wherever he went and touched the lives of all these people he had met. “Profe” has really inspired me to want to travel and make an impact in the lives of other people.

What’s one of your favorite quotes?

“A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.” — John A. Shedd

In what grade did you start Thayer, and what advice would you have given yourself on that first day?

I came to Thayer in 7th grade. My advice to myself would be: try new things, don’t worry about being perfect, and appreciate your time at Thayer because you’ll miss it when it’s over.