Jane Pache – Indiana Nomination & Photography by Photography by Leslie ANN Issue 62 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
Nomination: Jane is such a beautiful young lady, inside and out. She has been a competitive swimmer since 2016 and is this year's team captain. As a section leader for the flutes as well as playing the piccolo, she participates in the high school band. Jane balances her extra curricular activities with her academic career. She is a member of the National Honor Society and advanced to Nationals three years in a row for Business Professionals of America. Jane truly is an inspiring teen!!
Photography by Photography by Leslie ANN
Tell us about your swim career. Swimming has been a part of my life since I was five. I participated in a swim club until the end of middle school and have actively been on the school swim team since sixth grade. I am now in my last year of swimming as a senior.
What do you love most about swimming? It is a huge commitment to be a swimmer and that’s what I love about it. In order to get better you have to put in the work every single day or else you’re taking two steps backward when you miss out on just one practice. It’s got to be one of the most rewarding sports out there.
What is your favorite accomplishment from swimming? My favorite accomplishment was at the end of my freshman year. I consistently swam a 1:15 100 YD backstroke during regular meets and when the Indiana Hoosier Conference rolled around, I dropped 6 seconds and ended up placing fifth overall. I wasn’t supposed to be on the podium at all according to the heat I was in and where I was seeded. It still keeps me motivated to this day.
What does it mean to you to be voted captain? It means a lot to me that my team thought I deserved that high of a role. I share the duty with two other teammates and I’m excited to finish out my senior year being a role model for other swimmers who might want to lead as well.
What are your roles and responsibilities as captain? As a team captain, my responsibilities vary from keeping the morale high to even making our own captain’s practice. I will make sure that everyone is keeping up in practice and getting in the pool on time. Even though some of the tasks I have are minor, they will shape the swim team to get better and we will work more efficiently as a family.
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Tell us about your high school band. What is it like being a section leader? The high school band I participate in has been a great program in the school’s music department for several years. I love being able to represent the flutes as their leader and mentor the younger flautists. It is a great accomplishment to see them improve and flourish under my leadership.
What is your favorite part about music? Have you ever listened to something so beautiful that you get goosebumps? Not only can you listen to the music but you can feel it. That has to be my favorite part about any type of music.
Do you have a favorite genre of music? My favorite genre would have to be classic rock. The ’80s and ‘90s released some of the best music of all time (in my opinion) and I’m forever thankful I was raised listening to Pearl Jam and Fleetwood Mac, etc.
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What has been your favorite service project with the National Honor Society? Last year I was on the “Bus Driver Appreciation Week” committee. We honored our bus drivers at school by giving them little doo-dads and treats that let them know we appreciate their hard work. Seeing the smiles on their faces when we handed them their gifts felt really good.
Tell us about nationals for Business Professionals of America. What was it like going 3 years in a row, what did you do there, and what did you gain from going? BPA is an organization that should be in every school. You are able to compete in business-style events and deal with real-life scenarios in various careers. I am very thankful I was able to go to Texas and California for Nationals. Unfortunately, in 2020 I was not able to travel to D.C. due to the Coronavirus, although I have gained a lot of business-like experience from competing among other members in the organization. BPA is an opportunity to participate and simulate the business professional world at a young age.
How did you find and why did you choose Photography by Leslie Ann for your photographer? My Stepmom, Kristen, was best friends with Leslie back when they were in high school. She ended up being the photographer for my Dad’s wedding and I couldn’t be more thankful that Leslie happened to already have ties with Kristen when my senior year rolled around. Not only is she a family friend but she also takes the most amazing shots and makes sure her clients are comfortable when shooting.
What was your experience like? What did you love most about it? I don’t think I could have had a better experience. What photographer is willing to get knee-deep in freezing creek water in order to get amazing shots for her client? Her dedication to detail and perfection is admirable and I would never ask for it any other way. Being one of her senior representatives has been an amazing experience.
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What is the hardest thing you have ever accomplished, and how did you do it? I battled with Trichotillomania from a very young age. “Trich” is a mental health disorder that causes you to pull out your own hair when you need a release from your anxiety and is extremely difficult to overcome. With the help of cognitive behavioral therapy and a lot of perseverance, I was able to jump over this obstacle that deeply affected my self esteem and feelings of shame.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to be where you are today? As cliche as it sounds, never judge a book by its cover. You will never know what’s going on behind the scenes in someone else’s life and that is not for you to assume based off a stereotype or an appearance.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years/what are your plans? I see myself continuing to persevere and learn more about myself with the options I have for the future. It is my hope to find my true passion and turn it into something I can make a living off of. Even though I’m undecided on this path we call life, I will continue to be myself and never let anything prevent me from my full potential. Whatever it may be. Look for Jane in issue 62 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!