Senior of the Month: Jade Shollenberger


Cardinal Chronicle

September 2020 Senior of the Month, Jade Shollenberger.

Brandon Unger and McKenna Valentine

Each Senior of the Month was asked 10 questions…

1.How do you feel about being a senior?

I feel sad to leave this chapter of my life behind. I am going to miss all of my teachers, friends, and my extra-curricular activities, but I am very excited to be taking the next step in pursuing my dream to become a lawyer.

2.How do you feel about last year being hybrid?

I do not like the hybrid schedule. I learn better in person and felt overwhelmed by the online work, however, I was very happy to be in school at least every other day. 

3.How do you feel about being senior of the month?

It is an incredible honor to be recognized as the senior of the month. There are many seniors deserving of this award and I am very appreciative that I was recognized for my hard work and dedication to learning. 

4.Favorite and least favorite thing about being a senior during covid?

My favorite thing about being a senior during covid is that we actually get to be in school. I know many other schools that are completely virtual, and I am very thankful that i get to be in school with my friends and teachers. My least favorite thing about being a senior during covid is that many experiences that I was looking forward to were greatly altered- specifically military ball. 

5.What do you want to do after you graduate?

 –I am attending Messiah University and double majoring in Political Science and Youth Ministry. After getting my Bachelor’s degree, I plan on attending law school. Ultimately, I want to become a family lawyer, specializing in adoption law.

6.What piece of advice would you give to underclassmen?

Enjoy every second of high school. Cherish every moment because it is over in an instant.

7.If you play sports or do any other activities how were they affected with covid?

This year, Quiz Bowl was very different. In a typical season, we have six matches. The bus rides to and from the match were something I always looked forward to, but unfortunately, this year that wasn’t able to happen. The Quiz Bowl Team continued to have practices every week, hoping that we could compete, but if not, we had fun being with each other and prepared for next year’s season. We were able to have a virtual semi-final match, which we won, but lost in the final match to Minersville. The composition of the match was different as well. Instead of the traditional three rounds of ten tossup questions and six fanfare questions, we only had one round of fifteen tossups and six fanfares. It was still a great experience and as the captain, I feel like our team became closer and stronger because of it.

8. What was your best memory from senior year so far?

The best memory from senior year so far is quiz bowl practice. I love everyone on the team and spending time with them is amazing. Quiz Bowl practice is filled with puns, laughs, friendly rivalry, and trivia. This year, we had a few extended practices where we ordered food and stayed at the school practicing until 6:30 p.m. Those practices were the best!!

9.Favorite thing to do outside of school?

My favorite thing to do outside of school is to read. I love historical fiction and classic novels. My favorites are “The Nightingale,” written by Kristen Hannah, “To Kill a Mockingbird,” by Harper Lee, and “Pride and Prejudice,” by Jane Austen, but there are so many other books that hold a piece of my heart.

10.Who is someone you look up to?

 –In my personal life, I look up to my mom. She is everything that I could ever want to be. She is my best friend and I see her as a superhero. Besides supporting me, loving me, and making my life more interesting, my mom also inspired my future career. While I do not plan on going into teaching, the students in my mom’s class have made me realize that I have a heart for kids and I am planning on using my strengths to help make a difference in their lives. Professionally, I admire Justice Amy Coney Barrett. Justice Barrett has a brilliant legal mind and is very intelligent. She is also the youngest woman and first judge with school-aged children to serve on the Supreme Court. I believe she is a great role model for young women aspiring for a career in the legal field. Besides Justice Barret, I also look up to President Lincoln, President Reagan, Nikki Haley, Elenore Roosevelt, Sandra Day O’Connor, Arabella Mansfield, and many other fascinating men and women in the scope of government and law.