Student of the Week, Jan. 27, 2014

Jenna Dandurand, Grand Junction High School senior

GPA: 4.29

After-school activities: A lot of band.

Favorite book: “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Favorite TV show: “Sherlock.”

Favorite band or musician: Mumford & Sons.

Parents: Robert and Lanette Dandurand.

Personal hero and why: My dad: he decided to completely change careers and started going to school and he’s going to graduate with a Bachelor of Science in nursing in a year. I really admire his ability to hold a job while working on a degree and the fact that he’s stuck to it and done really well.

Preferred college: University of Denver.

Preferred career: Neurologist (or forensic pathologist).

Greatest achievement so far: Managing to get through (the vast majority of) high school with good grades and great friends while making a difference in some people’s lives.

What you’d like to be your next greatest achievement: Getting a degree in college.


Q: What was the most memorable lesson you ever learned in a class?

A: Even if the class is really hard, just keep working hard at it. I’ve had really tough classes that I just couldn’t get, but if I worked really hard eventually I would understand. It’s really important to keep persevering because you are able to do tough things, even if you don’t think so at the time.


Q: What subject or extracurricular activity are you most passionate about and why?

A: I really love the biological sciences; I’m fascinated by life and all of those tiny processes going on in our bodies that make us work. I think it’s utterly amazing how the smallest thing, the tiniest chemical imbalance or structural peculiarity, can throw us off. It’s just incredibly interesting, and I love learning about it.


Q: Describe a time when you knew you made a difference in the community or someone else’s life.

A: I was a section leader for marching band this year and I got to teach and help out incoming freshmen. I really liked being able to get to know them and help them out and especially having the opportunity to introduce them to a really great and tight-knit community within our school.


Q: What are your goals for after high school?

A: I would like to get a degree in biology, probably with an emphasis on either cellular biology or neurobiology and afterwards I want to go to medical school.


Q: What is your dream job?

A: Something that has to do with a lot of fascinating, hands-on biology that simultaneously lets me help out my community.


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