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ESHS Class of 2020 Spotlight: Delaney Jones

Delaney Jones will attend Harvard University this fall and is interested in studying human evolutionary biology. She was accepted to 13 universities with her top two choices being Harvard and Duke University. She is planning for a career in the medical field and is considering becoming a cardiologist. 

Participating in the Biomedical Science Pathway exposed Delaney to the many different disciplines within the medical field, allowing her deeper insight into which medical specialty she may want to pursue as a career. She took advantage of many opportunities to learn about the medical field and gained valuable hands-on experience through a UCLA Pre-Med Summer Scholars program. The week-long program provided her with similar experiences to the pathway: viewing a Simulation Lab in action, tours of the hospital, and the chance to talk to UCLA undergrads and researchers. She also participated in the Eve and Gene Black Summer Medical Career Program through the Los Angeles Pediatric Society, spent time shadowing a medical director at a USC medical clinic, and volunteered at the UCLA Ronald Regan Hospital.

Delaney feels ESHS stands out because it offers rigorous and diverse courses and programs that most other schools do not. “The smaller school environment allows for a more individualized approach to learning for each student and we receive a lot of guidance to ensure we succeed in the next step of our academic career,” she said.

At ESHS, Delaney played Girls Varsity Soccer all four years in addition to club soccer, and she ran track her freshmen year. She was a Link Crew leader and served as Link Crew president during her senior year. “Being a Link Crew leader gave me the opportunity to meet underclass students as they begin their high school career and help them feel more comfortable in their new school environment,” she said. She was also selected as an ESHS delegate to the American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) Girls State, after being nominated by her teacher and passing an interview with the local ALA chapter. Girls State is an annual, experiential learning program promoting leadership in young women that is grounded in patriotism and Americanism.

“The best part of ESHS is its true sense of community,” said Delaney. “There is no polarization in activities, classes, or sports. One person’s success is seen as a collective success for the entire school.”