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  • While at Northeast, Jayda Griffin was a member of the National Honor Society and German Honor Society. Along with the rest of the class of 2018, she received her diploma on June 1.
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    While at Northeast, Jayda Griffin was a member of the National Honor Society and German Honor Society. Along with the rest of the class of 2018, she received her diploma on June 1.
  • During her four years at Northeast High School, Jayda Griffin played field hockey and ran outdoor track. Griffin served as the captain of both teams her senior year, as well as captain of JV field hockey her sophomore year.
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    During her four years at Northeast High School, Jayda Griffin played field hockey and ran outdoor track. Griffin served as the captain of both teams her senior year, as well as captain of JV field hockey her sophomore year.
  • During her four years at Northeast High School, Jayda Griffin played field hockey and ran outdoor track. Griffin served as the captain of both teams her senior year, as well as captain of JV field hockey her sophomore year.
    Photo by Colin Murphy
    During her four years at Northeast High School, Jayda Griffin played field hockey and ran outdoor track. Griffin served as the captain of both teams her senior year, as well as captain of JV field hockey her sophomore year.

Salutatorian Jayda Griffin Heads Home To University Of Wisconsin

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June 12, 2018

While many of her classmates are going away to college, Jayda Griffin thinks of it as going home.

Griffin, the salutatorian for Northeast High School’s class of 2018, will attend the University of Wisconsin, Madison in the fall. Griffin was born in Wisconsin, and much of her family still lives there.

“My father’s in the military, so that’s why I moved out here,” Griffin said. “I plan to go back so I can be close to home, where I’m from.”

In addition to Hawaii and Wisconsin, Griffin has lived in Idaho, California and now Maryland, where she has lived for the last five years.

Growing up, Griffin followed the university’s sports teams, particularly its football team. When Griffin was living in Hawaii, the University of Wisconsin played a game on the island state, and Griffin and her sisters went to watch.

Griffin played field hockey and ran track all four years of high school. She served as captain of both teams her senior year, as well as captain of the JV field hockey team her sophomore year. Griffin was also part of the NHS Captains Club, which is composed of athletes who demonstrate leadership and outstanding character.

“I plan to at least play club, if not pursue playing actual sports at the school,” Griffin said. “It depends, because I am going to a [Division 1] school, so that might be a lot to take on.”

Of all the things she’ll miss about high school, Griffin said clubs and athletics rank at the top.

“I feel like it’s helped me to manage my time better, and I feel like I’m doing more than focusing on the book work,” Griffin said. “I can do something that gets me away from that, but I’m also doing something I enjoy.”

While at Northeast, Griffin was a member of the National Honor Society and German Honor Society. At the University of Wisconsin, Griffin plans to major in clinical psychology and social work, and potentially add a German minor.

The field interests Griffin because of her passion for helping people. During her senior year, she took a psychology class and learned about the different career paths in the field.

“I really became interested in clinical psychology and things like that where I can help diagnose people or help them if they’re suffering from certain disorders.”

During high school, Griffin demonstrated her eagerness to help others by tutoring younger grades and volunteering at Riviera Beach Elementary School.

“I like being involved with the community, as well as the school, and helping out in different ways like that,” Griffin said.

Though Griffin is heading back to her home state, she said she still plans to visit Pasadena during breaks.

“I love how tight of a community it is. I like how everyone’s always willing to do things for other people, and people have lived here for many generations,” Griffin said of Pasadena. “I just love how people always come back, and they’re trying to do things to maintain the community and build it up.”


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