The Nomination: "Jasmine is someone who I think will achieve every goal in her life because she puts effort into what she wants. Hard working teens are not easy to find, but it is obvious that Jasmine works hard in school and in life. I will be excited to see what she accomplishes and where she goes because I believe she will do great things" -Valerie (photographer) "Jasmine is the most hard-working, dedicated, and inspirational person I know. She is talented in so many ways I cannot even fathom how lucky I am to have her as my daughter. I admire her passion for learning and exceeding others’ expectations even in times of struggle. Jasmine is so emotionally strong; she is my shoulder to cry on and is always there for anyone who needs her. She never takes the easy way out in tough situations, but instead chooses to grow and learn from challenges. Her heart is pure, her laugh is contagious, and her drive is unreal. She is courageous, witty, and honest; she is my best friend." -Aman (Jasmine's mom)
Can you provide us with some information about yourself? I’m a senior at Kalamazoo Christian High School and I’m also dual-enrolled at Western Michigan University. I was class president for 3 years and vice-president for 1 year. I am 1 of 2 National Honors Society Officers elected from my class. I am the captain of my school’s varsity quiz bowl team, TEAMS (tests of engineering, aptitude, mathematics, and science) team, and I am a co-captain of the varsity tennis team. I’m also editor of the yearbook and I have started my own tutoring business. In my free time I volunteer for the American Red Cross, Bronson Hospital, and the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts.
What are your talents and interests? I am infatuated with math and science and all the possibilities for future discoveries in medicine specifically. When I’m older I would like to become a pediatric oncologist and help children get through the ups and downs of cancer because they deserve to figure out who they are and help shape the world just like the rest of us. I can’t wait until the day I help my first patient become cancer-free so that I can see the smiles on their parents’ faces as they hug their child after hearing the good news. I also like to draw and paint but unfortunately, I’m not very gifted in those areas. Sports aren’t really my thing, but I joined the tennis team sophomore year and ended up loving it. I’m so excited for the season to start in the spring because some of my greatest memories are of me and my partner Kylee playing together.
What has motivated you to work so hard in school? My dad is my biggest fan and he is one of the main reasons why I push myself to become a better person. He’s always wanted me to be the best I can. My competitive side is fueled by his high expectations for me and although at first it was a lot of pressure, now I get excited to work hard and impress both him and I. I love to work hard and see the results; you could say that I’m addicted to it! It was said that you “she doesn’t take the easy way out but instead chooses to grow and learn from challenges”
How has this benefited you? What have you learned from this? In my opinion, there’s no point to taking the easy way out because to me, that’s just living life passively. I’ve learned so much about myself by taking on challenges that I wouldn’t have otherwise known if I had just let life do its thing. The world around us is meant to be shaped and molded by our experiences not watched from a distance. One of my biggest challenges is my arthritis and understanding how to deal with it instead of just letting it control me and tell me what I can and can’t do. The most important lesson I’ve learned is that there is a reason that I’m where I am, not to avoid problems but to deal with them. Coal is coal unless you work on it and when you do, it becomes a diamond.