By Wyndi Veigel
For Princeton High School Valedictorian Jenna Chesley and Salutatorian Ian Bobbett education has been paramount for them especially since their future paths require dedication and focus.
Both leaders of the PHS Class of 2015 want to pursue electrical engineering in the future.
For Jenna, her journey will start with attending college at the University of North Texas at Denton.
“I really want to work in defense contracting someday,” the senior class member said. “I’m stronger in math and science and wanted to play to my strengths.”
However, education hasn’t just been about making the grades for the valedictorian. She has also participated in a variety of extracurricular events. She was in band during her freshmen and sophomore years, Academic UIL with both Journalism and Calculator Applications, National Honor Society and Café Fresh her junior and senior years.
“I enjoy cooking as a hobby so participating in Café Fresh allowed me to learn new techniques, which I could take home and share with my family,” Jenna said.
Her favorite class, she said, was calculus with Mr. Thomas Banschbach otherwise known as Mr. B.
She also enjoyed the hands on engineering projects that she did in Mrs. Naureen Fielding’s class.
One of the reasons, Jenna said, that she has chosen a math and science field is because there is a definite answer while arts and English based fields are much more subjective.
Jenna will be graduating with a 4.179 GPA.
“As long as I do my best, my family has always been happy,” she said.
Jenna is the daughter of Jay and Lisa Chesley and the sister of Dana Chesley.
Ian, who has been named as the salutatorian for the Class of 2015, will start his journey into the world of electrical engineering at the University of Texas in Austin.
“I want to either work for a company like Intel or in defense contracting,” the senior class member said.
Computers and math appeal to the senior, he said, and the magnetism of a field where he can combine the two subjects is irresistible.
When not studying math and science, Ian plays the trumpet for the Princeton Pride Marching Band and is a member of the National Honor Society.
Part of what Ian said he will miss most is the bus rides to football games with the band members.
“It’s home,” he said about Princeton, “so I’ll miss it in that sense.”
Both calculus, once again with Mr. B, and chemistry provided the salutatorian with his favorite classroom experiences with English being his least favorite.
“My handwriting is horrible,” he said. “And English is too subjective.”
Ian will be graduating with a 3.921 GPA.
“They’re proud of me,” he said, about his family’s thoughts on him achieving top two for the Class of 2015.
He is the son of Paula and Craig Bobbett and the brother of Hazel Bobbett.
Graduation will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 4 at Allen Event Center. Commencement exercises are open to the public and no tickets are required.