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A Step Above: Jennifer Teng

Gorman High School
Class of 2014
G.P.A.: 4.11 

Jennifer Teng’s quote to live by comes from the great William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, “Though she be but little, she is fierce.” She couldn’t be more spot-on. The tiny senior at Bishop Gorman High School packs an impressive punch when it comes to her goals and vision for the world around her, and the talent she brings in everything she puts her mind to. An aspiring lawyer, Jennifer holds a profound and refreshing respect for the protection of civil rights that will surely lead to a lasting and respectable career. Her perspective beyond her years, genuine kindness and “fierce” tenacity place her – A Step Above. 


Sports/Clubs/Community Service

  • JV/ Varsity Track, 2011-2012 & 2014
  • Pole Vault Captain, 2014
  • Aerialist, 2013-2014
  • JV/ Varsity Cheerleading, 2011-2012
  • National Honor Society, 2013-Present
  • National Science Honor Society, 2013 – Present
  • Mu Alpha Theta, 2014
  • We the People – Unit 2 Leader, 2014
  • Student Government – Junior Class Representative, 2013
  • Sun Youth Forum Delegate, 2013
  • Nevada JCL, 2011-2012
  • National Latin Honor Society, 2012
  • Forensics and Debate, 2011
  • Matthew 25 Board, 2013-2014
  • Historical Interpreter, 2011-2013
  • Mountain View Hospital Volunteer, 2013
  • Make a Wish, 2011-2012


  • National Merit Scholar Finalist, 2014
  • We the People Regional Winners, 2014
  • AP World History Student of the Year, 2013
  • AP Scholar with Honor, 2013
  • Commended Student for AP English and Spanish 2, 2013
  • Commended Student for New Testament, 2012
  • JV Scholar Athlete, 2012
  • All State Academic Team for Spirit, 2012
  • Academic Achievement Award in Art II, 2011
  • Academic Achievement Award in English 3H, 2011
  • Top 10 in National JCL Writing Contest, 2011
  • Honors Status in the National Forensics League, 2011

What are your keys to success? “I think that an open mind, along with a desire to learn and achieve makes me successful. Also, I recognize that taking risks and having great aspirations is essential. As Michelangelo said, ‘The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.”’

A certain teacher has really inspired you:  “My instructor, Mr. Goertemiller, inspires me. Not only has he taught me world history and US government, but has revealed more important life skills and morals such as dedication, perseverance, patriotism, faith, and compassion. His kindness on my first day at Bishop Gorman will forever be a fond memory of mine.”

We love your perspective on what shapes a person: “Though certain experiences can have great effects, I believe every day decisions play the most crucial role in determining your identity. Every day you have the ability to shape and transform who you are.”

What a great idea of a non-profit. We say go for it! “If I could be president of any non-profit it would be a foundation that would provide a ‘virtual pen pal’ to children who are recovering from serious illnesses, especially those who are quarantined. Through social media such as Skype and Facetime, two children who were paired together could give eachother the necessary support and companionship during the difficult recovery process.”

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