by KELLEY GUSICH | photos by Alan Smith Photography

Navy Bound

student_jack2Before Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS) senior John Jack came to Scripps Ranch, he’d been living in Japan. “My dad is in the Navy,” he explained, “so we have to move every three to four years.” Here, John enjoys the quiet and easygoing atmosphere of the community, in contrast with his love of the competitive atmosphere he finds at SRHS, because it helps him to push himself even further. “I don’t have a favorite subject, but I’m really thankful that the school has such a wide range of courses that are available, as well as excellent teachers who are very passionate about what they do.”

This summer, John will be moving to Annapolis, Maryland, to attend the US Naval Academy. The JROTC and its many arenas for leadership development and education have helped prepare John for this exciting journey. John is the Group Commander and the highest ranking JROTC cadet at SRHS, and runs the program along with eight other cadets. “Our unit is very consistent in ranking within the top three units and usually as the top unit in the San Diego Unified School District,” he affirmed. John believes one of the most unique things about JROTC is that it is largely student-run, giving leadership opportunities that can’t be experienced elsewhere. Cadets can also expand their extracurriculars through programs like military drill, physical fitness, cyber security, and academic bowl teams. “The reason I decided to dedicate so much of my time to JROTC and leadership positions in other clubs was because I saw the value that leadership has in all areas of life,” John said. “In everything I do, I seek to learn and grow as a citizen and leader.”

Name: John Jack (17)
School: Scripps Ranch High School
Grade: 12
Parents: Christopher and Noriko Jack
Siblings: Matthew and Hannah Jack
Favorite Local Spot: Chez Nous!

student_jack1John is inspired not by one specific person or idea, but by the little pieces of goal-setting or knowledge he picks up from others day to day. He enjoys leadership and things that are required of it, like public speaking, and looks forward to using all he’s learning and will learn as a Naval officer to learn about himself and his career goals. The moving around as a result of his father’s Naval career has helped too. “Being able to experience different cultures and communities is something that I believe has contributed to my success and well-roundedness,” John shared. “Although moving so often can be very challenging in the moment, looking back I am very thankful for the experience.”