Lakes Presents Olson as Example in Excellence

Jenna Olson, 10, is one of 14 students featured in this year’s “Examples in Excellence—Rockford Students Making a Difference.” Photo by DOUGLAS PHOTOGRAPHY

Jenna’s eyes sparkle with fun and warmth and reveal her personality to everyone. She is self-motivated and wants her environment to be a little happier, a little nicer, a little more creative and a little less stressful because she is in it. Jenna Olson, 10, is the daughter of Todd and Jennifer Olson and sister to James.

Jenna is described by her teachers at Lakes Elementary as wise, forgiving, hard working, fun and a leader among her peers. “Jenna reaches out to other students without being prompted,” her teachers describe. An example of her generosity of spirit is evident in her work in the Lakes’ Ram Buddies program. Her teachers say Jenna went out of her way to make a true connection, befriending other students. “This year those skills are very evident in the classroom and playgrounds as I see her quickly choose to work with others who may not normally be in her peer group,” said Sandy Knottnerus, her fifth-grade teacher. She is able to accept the differences in others with grace, innately understanding that diversity of ability, background and belief is something to be celebrated.

Another example of Jenna’s maturity is her ability to understand the importance of the relationships of family. Parents tell their children often that their siblings will be their friends when they become older. Jenna is proud to announce that her brother is her best friend now.

Jenna’s leadership and enthusiasm are recognized by her peers as well as teachers and staff and she was voted as president of Student Council by her classmates.

n addition to her academic endeavors, Jenna is a member of the St. Luke’s Lutheran Church Youth Group and the Rockford Community Theater. She includes art and drama among her hobbies.

This smart, caring student makes an impression on those around her and proves that the efforts of an individual really can make a difference in the lives of others. Jenna Olson is a true Example in Excellence for Lakes Elementary School.

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