Jennifer Hernandez

Jennifer always sees the bright side of things. Along with being enrolled in a top STEM school, Jennifer dedicates her time to serving others and learning how to better her community. She participates in various student-led organizations while still being a motivated student in the classroom.

Jennifer is most proud of her ability to maintain a part time job outside of her eight classes, half of which are Advanced Placement, sports, extracurriculars, and community service. One community service activity Jennifer finds particularly meaningful is serving as a math instructor. Says Jennifer, “I love seeing that moment when everything clicks in a student’s head. It makes it all worth it.” As someone who comes from non-English speaking parents, it was hard for Jennifer to learn English outside of school. Jennifer’s English proficiency has grown immensely since then, and she is proud to have been awarded a Silver Key in the Scholastic Art and Writing Competition for her poem entitled “Cambio (Change).”

In addition to working a part-time job, Jennifer serves as a student representative on her county’s Minority Student Achievement Oversight Committee where she advocates for how to support students’ needs and increase minority enrollment in advanced programs. Since her freshman year, Jennifer has participated in the field hockey and lacrosse teams. Also, Jennifer competes as a member of the Model United Nations team, often winning local and national awards. However, the majority of her time is spent as class secretary, planning graduation, homecoming events, and fundraisers, as well as looking for new ways to improve student life in a challenging and competitive environment.

Jennifer looks forward to a career in public service, ultimately earning a position as a representative in the legislative branch of government. After college, she hopes to give back to her roots by creating a non-profit to increase education access in Latin America. Jennifer gets her inspiration from her parents, who both grew up in rural El Salvador and were unable to go to college, yet still encouraged her to do her best in school for a better future.