chinese-smEveryone was taking Spanish for their language class, but Jamie Davis decided to sign up for Chinese because it was different. She says, “I’ve been learning Chinese since I was in eighth grade. My teacher Mr. (Yude) Huang makes it fun and easy for us to understand. He shows us where their words come from and we have also learned how their culture has evolved. And every year, we go to the Festival of Nations in Tower Grove Park. It’s amazing.”

As for extracurriculars, Jamie plays soccer, tennis and is involved in FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America). After she graduates, she wants to get a scholarship so she can attend Boston University, then medical school to become a cosmetic surgeon. There’s a plastic surgery game on the Internet that she loves to play, but she knows there’s more to this medical specialty.

Jamie credits history teacher Rodney Malone and science teacher Bobbi Jo Cloeter with pushing her the most and keeping her on task. They have strong personalities and don’t take “I don’t have my homework” as an excuse, ever, she says.