LHS Top Ten – 4. Jessica Alspaugh

Get to know Number 4 Jessica Alspaugh as she reflects on her high school experience


Claire Delaire

“I like to spend a long time on each of my assignments to make sure they’re up to my standards.”


Favorite color: Light blue

Favorite school subject: English

Favorite song at the moment: Panic’s ‘There’s A Good Reason These Tables Are Numbered Honey You Just Haven’t Thought Of It Yet.’

Favorite ice cream flavor: Coffee

Favorite holiday: St. Patrick’s Day


Q: What college will you attend? What is your intended major?

A: “I’m going to the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and I’m going to major in Cancer Biology.”

Q: What extracurriculars have you been involved in throughout high school?

A: “I do club gymnastics competitively, orchestra, Academic Decathlon, NHS, Interact club, National Science Honor Society and JWAC.”

Q: What was the most challenging aspect about balancing extracurriculars and academics?

A: “The most challenging aspect is just finding the time to fit in all the various assignments I have for classes, especially because I’m a perfectionist. I like to spend a long time on each of my assignments to make sure they’re up to my standards.”

Q: What class was the most challenging for you? Why?

A: “Honors pre-cal. The way I was taught is not the way I learn math. Also, because of when I had orchestra with our UIL performances, there’d be times I was missing my honors pre-cal class and then I’d have to take a test on days I wasn’t in class, so it was a big hassle.”

Q: Who has helped you the most throughout these last four years? How have they helped you?

A: “My best friend Mikaila because we’ve been taking all the exact same classes this entire time. She’s been the one to go in if I ever miss a day of class and she’ll catch me up on what happened, we’ll help check each other’s homework and study together for all of our classes.”

Q: What has been the most memorable part of high school?

A: “Definitely dealing with COVID-19. That’s probably going to be the most memorable part of my life in relation to school.”

Q: What advice would you give to your freshman self?

A: “You really can’t worry about how other people are doing in their classes and you have to focus on you and make sure that you don’t get burnt out. Make sure you take the time to rest and also know what assignments you can put a little less effort into.”

Q: What are you most excited about regarding college?

A: “I’m most excited to get to be more invigorated in my learning again. Having the opportunity to do classes I’m actually interested in, rather than ones I’m forced to take.”

Q: Where do you hope to see yourself in 10 years?

A: “In 10 years, depending on how long med school is, I hope to be a precision oncologist to help people out.”

Q: What would you change about your high school experience?

A: “I’d probably change how early we had to go to school, because that has been very difficult for me. Having to go to school early after being up until four in the morning. I pulled many all-nighters.”