Senior Feature: Amanda Crawford
Amanda Crawford has been attending JRHS since her Freshman year and has been an active part of our student body by participating in sports, drama, clubs and quite the wreath salesperson!
The one class Amanda believes has informed and shaped her the most is Bible. She added, “Bible class has specifically developed me into a person who is willing to defend my faith, and has given me a desire to learn all I can about Christianity and other religions.” Amanda also credits all of her teachers throughout her four years for striving to make her successful. She holds a special place in her heart for all of her teachers and for the friendships that developed with them.
The trip that had the significant impact on her life was the Philadelphia Mission Trip her Junior Year. Amanda said, “It helped me be thankful for what I have and made me realize how much poverty there is, not only in Philly, but everywhere.”
The Scripture verse that Amanda goes to for encouragement and strength is found in Proverbs 3:5-7, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.”
Amanda has some great goals and plans for the next four years of her life and beyond! This fall she plans on attending Gordon College to pursue a Major in Kinesiology. During this time, she would like to become more independent and strengthen her faith in Jesus Christ. After she earns her Major, she would like to transfer to UNH for her Masters in Therapeutic Recreation. Amanda’s ultimate goal is to be a Recreational Therapist and either work with the disabled, elderly, or both.
When asked what advice she would give the underclassmen at JRHS, Amanda shared, “My advice to the underclassmen is first, use your time at Jesse to challenge yourself. Experiment with how you learn or study. Second, your teachers want you to be successful, so when you are struggling do not be afraid to ask for help. Third, do not be afraid to do something different. If there is a club you have never done take advantage of it and try. Lastly, you are able to learn and grow from your mistakes, so do not be afraid of making some.”