Jenna Fackler endeared her audiences with her portrayal of Ariel in Lutheran North’s spring musical, “The Little Mermaid,” before finishing her challenging, senior year courses in preparation for college.
She was rewarded with the designation of Salutatorian for the Class of 2016 and is on her way to a career as a physician assistant, starting with the Health Sciences program at Truman State University.
“I feel so blessed to have called Lutheran North my home these past four years. Not only do I feel prepared academically for the next step in my education, but I feel as though I can move forward with a strong network of supporters behind me. Yes, I was able to take challenging, interesting classes and grow academically, but I consider the relationships I built and the memories I made at North some of my most valuable possessions.”
Playing Ariel in "The Little Mermaid" this spring culminated a four-year interest in drama for Jenna. “I’ve done the musical every year since my freshman year. I always came to watch them in grade school, and always looked up so much to the high schoolers, so that was huge for me. When I came to Lutheran North I thought ‘this is something I have to do – it’s not even an option.’
“At Lutheran North, I had the amazing opportunity to develop relationships with my teachers. One of my teachers even took time out of his day to come check in with me and pray with me during my academic lab every other day. I can't tell you how much it meant to me to have so many teachers around that were so willing to help me not only with their class, but to make sure I succeeded in every aspect of my life. North gave me plenty of opportunities to challenge myself and become a stronger leader.”
Jenna was a leader in many ways at Lutheran North. She was selected to serve as a Peer Minister, welcoming and mentoring new students, leading small group devotions and serving as a leader and role model. She played in band, sang in the Concentus choir, participated in drama productions, played volleyball, and served as president of National Honor Society. She was also an officer in TREND (Turning Energy and Resources in New Directions), a national student-led organization created by youth who wanted to take a leadership role in advocating an alcohol-free and other drug-free lifestyle.
“Participating in the choir program, under the direction of Mrs. Rusnak, was one of the best experiences of my years at North. Mrs. Rusnak is a strong believer in the idea that music is influential to everyone. Whether it's hearing the choir sing during chapel, participating in choir at school, or even coming to school at 7:00 a.m. to sing in Concentus, music has a profound effects on those who hear, sing and play it. The choir program played a huge part in boosting my confidence level. Singing is something so personal that it's very difficult to put yourself out there, but, as I know from personal experience, the music department at Lutheran North helps tremendously in encouraging musical growth and ability.”
Jenna will always remember her years as a Crusader at Lutheran North. “I can't even begin to express how thankful I am for the ministry of Lutheran North and its impact on my life.”