NAAS Scholarship Winner Sep. 2011: Jenna Wiegand
Environmental engineer. Honored for her work through science fairs.
Teacher and learner. Successful student and impactful tutor.
Community contributor. Active in multiple service projects.
Meet Jenna Wiegand.
A high school senior from Oregon, Jenna embodies the all-around high school student through her outstanding achievements in green, academics, and community service, and the Discus Awards is proud to recognize Jenna for her excellence in and outside the classroom.
Jenna, a multi-year Discus Award winner, is the winner of the September 2011 National All-Around Student Scholarship, a scholarship for high school students presented to one select Discus Award winner every month of the academic year. From among thousands of Discus Award winners and accomplishments in 10 attribute categories, a panel of judges has chosen Jenna as the recipient of the $2,000 college scholarship.
The Discus Awards, a high school recognition and scholarship program honoring students who excel in and out of the classroom, looks beyond grades, test scores, and win-loss records and recognizes students for their multi-dimensional talents and passions.
Jenna has shown her aptitude for science and research through her science and engineering fair projects while maintaining a tremendous academic record and giving back to her community, and the Discus Awards is proud to shine the spotlight on her.
|“For the past three years I have completed investigations for the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. In 2010 I utilized traffic simulation software to analyze the effects of a queue jump on our local bus system. This change was found to cut down traffic and reduce time traveling, thus encouraging more citizens to use public transportation.”
More recently, in 2011, Jenna engineered a "roof that would reflect heat to reduce air pollution and air conditioning costs." For this project, Jenna won first place at her district fair, advanced to the state level after winning a number of awards at the district fair, won third place in her category at states and was then selected to attend the International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles.
| “In 2010-11 I took 4 AP classes, including Calculus AB, Language and Composition, Psychology, and 2D Design, as well as Spanish for community college credit. For 2011-12 I am signed up for another 4 APs: Calculus BC, Literature and Composition, Statistics, and Economics.”
In addition to taking challenging courses and excelling in them to the tune of a 4.0 unweighted GPA, landing her in the top 1% of her class, Jenna shares her knowledge with the elementary and middle school students in her commmunity through her job at Kumon, a reading and math tutoring center.
| “I volunteered at my district's Safety Town camp (a week long camp teaching 4-6 year olds about safety) for the 3 years our district offered the program. For the past 3 years I have also worked my the local elementary school's fall festival, and a range of middle school events, from Girl's Night Out to Black and White Night (a fundraiser for local needs).”
Jenna has also applied her love of the lab to her service projects, volunteering as a counselor for the past two years at a local science camp for toddlers, where she taught the young experimenters about soil and water. She also volunteers currently for the Student Watershed Research Project (SWRP), where she tests the water from the local stream.