High school is generally a time to study hard, discover new academic loves, find lifelong friends, and prepare one’s self to take the next step in their developmental journey. It is no easy feat to successfully handle all the pressures that this stage of life throws at our students. The constraints of excelling academically, athletically, and socially tend to weigh heavy on them. But when a student comes along that not only meets these expectations but overachieves in each of these categories, one can only applaud the Herculean effort it took to get there. For Saint Joseph Academy, that student is Jenna Calchi.
Jenna, Class of 2023, is a three-sport athlete at St. Joseph Academy. A consistent contributor for both our state finalist field hockey and softball teams. Did I mention she’s a standout forward for our ice hockey program? Yes, you read that correctly. When Jenna isn’t on the field, she’s dominating on the ice!
It is common for student-athletes to excel in one sport in their high school tenure, but when you add in the ability to excel at a second sport, or in Jenna’s case, a third, you have a truly gifted athlete on your hands. In addition, whether that second sport is field hockey or ice hockey (or something else), it takes not only skill and dedication but also a lot of smarts to even compete in three varsity sports in high school.
Let us not forget, it’s not as if these student-athletes get extra study time just because they play multiple sports. In between managing practice, club sports, and social life, Jenna has somehow found time to be a standout student in the classroom. Over the last 4 years, Jenna has managed to maintain over a 4.0 GPA, while being recognized as a President’s Honor scholar and a member of the National Honor Society.
After graduating this upcoming spring, Jenna plans to continue both her softball and ice hockey career at the next level. Jenna exemplifies what it means to live out our mission of Faith, Family, and Future!