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Jacqueline Townshend (’15) | Our Students – Our Stories

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Learning takes many forms at Beloit Memorial High School, in the eyes of Alice and Steve Townshend who are watching their daughter Jacqueline embark on her last months as a Purple Knight in the class of 2015.

Jackie Townshend and Mom Alice

Rotary Club of Beloit | Student of the weekRotary Club of Beloit
Student of the Week
November 2014


Appreciation for Swimming and AP Classes

Looking back, they say, BMHS has provided a well-rounded education offering preparation and insight for further education and life.

Looking back, Alice says, “I school choiced Jacqueline and her older sister Amanda into the school district. Our family has lived in the Beloit community for 20 years. We live in the Turner district, but went to OLA for grade and middle school and Beloit Memorial for high school. We chose Beloit Memorial because it has Varsity Swimming and more AP classes. We especially like that the swim team has won the national Academic Gold award for 10 years in a row.”

“The teacher with the greatest impact has been Richard Vogel. He encouraged Jacqueline to swim hard, set goals, become a leader and encouraged good academics. Even though he is the boys swim coach, he has a huge impact on the girls’ swim team also.”

Jackie Townshend Swimming

Opportunities through AP Teachers and Student Senate

For Jacqueline, Alice says, “The classes that had the greatest benefit are the math classes, including AP Calculus. Mrs. Deb Prowse does a great job of teaching Calculus so that the students understand the concepts and are able to do well on the AP test. In much the same way, Alice says, “The school’s AP U.S. History teacher is great too.” That is Mr. Gary Stuedemann. “He taught Jacqueline how to write a concise and well planned short answer essay to a question.”

Moving outside of the classroom, Alice says that in addition to Varsity Swimming, Jacqueline has found Student Senate both enjoyable and educational as well as a prime opportunity to contribute to the BMHS community. “Student Senate has given Jacqueline the opportunity to work with other students to plan and carry out projects that benefit the school and the community.”

Jackie Townshend & Family

Prepared for her future

As Alice and Steve look ahead to their daughter’s June 2015 graduation, she says, “I feel Jacqueline has been well prepared for life after graduation.

The AP classes and Porter Scholar Program at Beloit College have challenged her and taught her good academic knowledge as well as teaching how to budget her time and plan her study schedule.”


School Bio

Jacqueline Townshend has been selected as a Rotary Student of the Week.
She is the daughter of Alice and Steve Townshend.

Jacqueline has been a High Honor Roll student all four years at Beloit memorial receiving awards for Outstanding Academic Achievement along with maintaining a cumulative GPA of 4.00. She has earned Department Awards in Math, World Languages, Science and Math. Jacqueline is a member of the BMHS National Honor Society and a Beloit College Porter Scholar.

Jacqueline has been involved with Student Senate, Fellowship of Christian Athlestes, Link Crew and Environmental Club. She is a member of the BMHS Girls Track & Field Team and the BMHS Swim team having earned the Most Valuable Rookie Swimmer Award.

Jacqueline’s outside involvement includes Kids Against Hunger, the Salvation Army and Our Lady of the Assumption Church. She is a lifeguard for the City of Beloit.

Jacqueline plans to study Bio-engineering at a Catholic University.