Meet Elsa Jenkins '19

Elsa Jenkins came to Saint James in the second form from Shepherdstown, WV, where she attended the public middle school.

“I was gliding through super easily in public school and my parents wanted me to have a challenge,” she said. “The transition here wasn’t that hard because I was prepared for it and I really liked learning.”

Elsa appreciated the opportunity to attend a school with such a diverse community.

“Some people say Saint James is a bubble, but it is a kind of bubble that can open your eyes to so many other things,” she said. “If I had stayed in Jefferson County, WV, I would not know anybody from the different countries I know now.”

Elsa served as a prefect this year and has been involved in the dance team, soccer team, was the Senior Chorister in the Chapel Choir, and acted in school musicals, including starring as Pugsley Addams in this year’s production of The Addams Family. She feels if she hadn’t attended Saint James she would not have continued singing and taking voice lessons.

“Mrs. Regan and Mrs. Stowe encouraged me to get into that, and it’s one of my favorite things about the school,” Elsa said. “I don’t know what I’ll do without my singing every Sunday. That will be like a hole, an empty place.”

She greatly enjoyed her time as prefect and it’s one of the things she’ll miss most next year.

“I really loved living in Coors as prefect, and I’ll miss the girls on my floor so much,” she said. “It’s so special to have these girls looking up to you, and honestly you can learn so much from them.”

Elsa will be attending Boston University in the fall where she is considering physical therapy with a nutrition minor.

On Prize Day, Elsa received the Prize for Excellence in Music and during Commencement, she was awarded the School Prize, which is given by the Headmaster to a member of the Sixth Form who in his opinion has shown faithful devotion to Saint James School. 

Elsa’s advice for future students is simple – smile.

“I’ve seen people come through here and just keep their heads down and they don’t really smile or talk to people,” she said. “And that is really going to change your experience because if you smile you’re going to make friends and connections, and that is a really important part of this school. Smiling just makes you an approachable person and it’s important and it makes you happy, too.”

Class of 2019 Matriculation

The 54 members of the Class of 2019 were accepted to 173 colleges and universities and will matriculate to 48 institutions in 18 states, the District of Columbia, Canada and the United Kingdom. The college guidance office strives to find the best fit college for each student, as evidenced by the fact that 83% of this year's graduates will be the only one from their class to attend their chosen college or university.

Allegheny College

American University

Boston College

Boston University

Brown University

Colgate University

Davidson College

Delaware Tech

Drexel University

Elon University

Ferrum College

Georgetown University

Georgia Institute of Technology

Gettysburg College

Hampton University

Haverford College

James Madison University

Louisiana State University

Michigan State University

Mount Allison University

New York University

Newberry College

Palm Beach Atlantic University

Pennsylvania State University, Altoona

Randolph-Macon College

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Rochester Institute of Technology

Savannah College of Art and Design

St. John Fisher College

St. Mary’s College of Maryland

Towson University

University of Alabama

University of Calgary

University of California, Irvine

University of California, Los Angeles

University of Detriot, Mercy

University of Maryland, College Park

University of Miami

University of Michigan

University of Pittsburgh

University of Portland

University of St. Andrews (Scotland)

University of Southern California

Washington and Lee University

Washington University in St. Louis

Wellesley College

West Virginia University

Wilson College

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