Super Students

Saturday, January 10, 1998

Name: Jacquelyn Grace
Age: 12
School: King Intermediate School
Pastimes: Reading fantasy novels, antiques, tap-dancing and jazz, acting.
Future: Zoologist

Seeing past the stereotypes

Jacquelyn Grace is bucking the trend of other girls her age in Hawaii.

Last year in a science project that won a first place at the Windward District Science Fair, she found that most girls in grades 3-8 like science less the older they get. But she wants to be a zoologist and do research, specifically on endangered species.

She blames the lack of interest in science among girls on stereotypes, "like scientists don't have family lives and are geeks," she said.

Jacquelyn said what you want to be as an adult may depend on what your parents do - her father is an entomologist and her mother is a university professor of education.

Outside of studies, Jacquelyn keeps a very busy life. Besides her dancing, she also takes singing and piano lessons and belongs to Girl Scouts.

She's also been a member of the Castle Performing Arts and likes being on stage.

"She's smart, talented, athletic, spirited, socially conscious and funny," said Doreen Yamashiro, student counselor adviser at Ahuimanu Elementary School, which Jacquelyn attended last year. "She sings, acts, dances and is a threat to Bette Midler."

But Jacquelyn says she doesn't see Broadway as her future.

"It really wouldn't be the business to go into. I like to work with animals more . . . endangered species and why they are dying out. Some people really don't care but most do."

By Susan Kreifels, Star-Bulletin

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