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Meet Jade!

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Age: 16

Grade: 11

Hometown: New Haven, CT

How did you hear about Cheshire Academy?

I was looking for private schools in Connecticut, when I saw Cheshire Academy!

What are some of your extracurricular activities?

I do field hockey in the fall and track and field in the spring. I also do drama after school in the winter, and I am a member of the Gay Straight Alliance (GSA).

What class or extracurricular activity means the most to you?

Playing on the field hockey team means the most to me. My teammates voted me captain, and because of that I had the opportunity to help motivate and lead them which was a very rewarding experience!

What are the people like at Cheshire Academy? Students? Faculty?

As I walk around campus there is always a friendly, warm, and welcoming aura emitting from both the students and faculty. The students are always eager to meet someone new. This is something I've found out when touring prospective students! Two weeks into school, you will already be familiar with the CA students because of our small and welcoming community.

As for the faculty, they are always easy to approach. Because most of them live on campus, they are available for extra help after school, which can help tremendously!

How would you describe your classes? Does any specific project or lesson stand out in your mind?

My classes are fun and my teachers encourage participation. My ecology class did a project where we got to go outside and survey the trees around campus. Not only was it hands on, but we got to leave the classroom as well! But more than just ecology teachers have fun projects to do. In all of my classes, speaking is encouraged in order to help engage a student more. Have a question? Feel free to ask it here!

How have you grown most as a person during your time here?

I came from a public school that was way too easy for me. I could do the homework in five minutes and was never challenged enough in class. I came to Cheshire because I craved having my brain hurt at the end of the day! Well, I got what I wanted. It was a tough transition, but eventually, I matured enough to manage my time properly and soon enough, my brain didn't hurt so much after. I was used to the course load, and now, as a junior, like to help younger classmates through their struggles.

What is one of your favorite memories from CA so far?

My favorite memory from CA so far was the experience of performing in "The Philadelphia Project". It introduced me to acting in a play, and I absolutely loved it! Everyone was so great in helping me learn the ropes of something that was completely foreign to me. The experience I got was so positive I now do the play every winter!

What advice would you give to prospective students who are thinking about coming to CA?

My advice: Relax, and take in everything slowly. Make sure you're looking into a school that will help you make great high-school memories! Also, don't be afraid of new things. Since coming here, I've tried field hockey, acting, track and field, and volleyball. All new things to me that Cheshire was able to provide in a comforting and accepting atmosphere!

Catch Jade in an upcoming performance at the Black Box Theatre! Catch Jade in an upcoming performance at the Black Box Theatre!

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