Alumni Spotlight: Jackie Corbo

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Alumni Spotlight: Jackie Corbo

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Courtesy of Jackie Corbo

Courtesy of Jackie Corbo

Dani Bonafede, Staff Writer

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Jackie Corbo is a 2016 Hawthorne High School Alumni, leading actress, choral singer, and honors student. If you’ve attended Hawthorne High School the past few years, there’s a high chance you’ve had some sort of interaction with Jackie Corbo due to her massively friendly and caring personality.

Just last year Corbo held the strong supporting role of Mayella in HHS’s fall production To Kill a Mockingbird, and the leading role of Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls, not to mention her other impressive leads in previous years. Furthermore, Corbo impressively auditioned for a regional choir and was accepted into the women’s choir, a part of the North Jersey School Music Association (NJSMA). As if these achievements weren’t enough, Jackie was also one of the color guard co-captains, one of the co-vice presidents of the Italian Honors Society, and was (and is) the epitome of an honors student. Unsurprisingly, Jackie is continuing to prevail tremendously in her freshman year of college.

A group of TCNJ students have just recently attended a Women, Law, and Legal Advocacy Seminar in Washington D.C. Sponsored by the Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN), Corbo truly benefited from her experiences there.

Corbo explains that the seminar “provided [her] with all the ways a woman can succeed in not only life, but on Capitol Hill,” and that it provided “young women like [herself] with remarkable experiences that ‘prepare women to lead.'”

Jackie also said that, “instead of trying to discourage us with statistics of women crumbling in the work force due to lack of credentials or an incessant want for family life, [the seminar] presented us with networking opportunities, internship offers, and an assortment of tips and tricks.” The Women, Law, and Legal Advocacy Seminar greatly assisted Jackie in focusing in on her career of choice.

The sheer idea that a “career in Washington” is actually achievable envelops Jackie in immense excitement and joy, for the age of female empowerment and opportunity is finally upon us. Although Jackie is unsure of how her love for law and government began, participation in a Board of Education meeting and the eleven-hour Youth in Government Day program truly sparked a passion deep in Corbo’s heart. Jackie also adds that the only reason she was part of such an amazing program as a mere freshman in college is because she has unquestionably applied herself and not only determined goals, but fought remarkably to achieve them.

Jackie Corbo has found the college for her; it houses so many fantastic groups that seem almost tailored to this alum. She assures the seniors that they will find the college best for them, for she worried about the same predicament herself last year and is now enjoying college life. Jackie also advises anyone going to college to not be afraid to apply he/herself; she cannot stress this enough. Corbo says that that is the only reason she has been prevailing so enormously. Corbo also credits Hawthorne High with teaching her valuable time management skills that have been vital to her college success.

Amongst all, Jackie Corbo, a model student and person, has truly been flourishing in her newfound college life and love for law and government. We are overtly glad that Jackie has found the college for her and that she is able to utilize the lessons HHS has taught her in her every-day and college life. Jackie- oh, the places you’ll go!

 

 

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