Life has been random in 2020 for area students, and the Index’s Lemonade out of Lemons series focuses on senior area athletes with a unique twist. After a short introduction, readers are treated to answers from 10 questions that the senior picked blindly from a list of 167 by submitting random numbers of their choice.
Jessie Ishmael is the daughter of Julie and Jackie Ishmael and plans to attend Tarleton State University and major in social work where she hopes to make a change and difference in the lives of children.
Jessie has worked hard toward achieving her goals and has already become certified to watch foster children.
“I’ve taken some preparation classes and have been certified in CPR,” Ishmael said.
Overcoming a significant knee injury in her freshman year, Jessie worked hard to excel in volleyball, track, and soccer and was a cheerleader while also being a member of NEHS and Z Club.
Jessie’s fondest memory during her school career while in Mineral Wells was, “When we beat Abilene Wylie in the area round of the playoffs in soccer my freshman year.”
What’s Jessie’s biggest regret about high school?
“This is going to sound odd, but my biggest regret has been having a boyfriend in high school. I think I missed out on a lot of things in high school.”
With her not being able to see her fellow seniors in person, Jessie wanted her classmates to know:
“I love every one of them, and I am glad I got to spend my time in school with them. I miss them, and I wish them the best in life.”
Do you think participation in extracurricular activities should be required by the school?
“In my opinion, extracurricular activities help you get involved and socialize more. But, I don’t think anyone should be forced into taking part in something they don’t want to be involved in.”
What project or assignment challenged you the most as a student? Why?
“I took college English last year, and I am a strong writer. It’s my strong suit, and I made good grades in that class, but you couldn’t procrastinate on the essays. It was certainly the hardest assignment academic wise.”
What’s your favorite Snapchat/Instagram filter? Why?
“My favorite filter is the purple butterfly one. Honestly, I just like butterflies.”
If you could create one mandatory course for future seniors, what would it be? Why?
“I don’t think I would make one course mandatory, but I think I would make it mandatory to take at least one college-level course. Most of us are planning on going to college, and this helps you get a jump start. It is also a good wake-up call as to what is expected at the college level. It is great preparation, and you can get to the classes you want to focus on quicker in college.”
Who is your best friend, and where do you imagine them 10 years from now?
“My best friend is Tayley Valtierra, and she is going to transfer to Texas Tech to go to medical school. So I see her as a doctor in the medical field, but I don’t know what she will practice.” I also see her married with kids, LOL.”
What trend or fads are you most embarrassed about being a part of?
“Tik-Tok! I swore to myself I wasn’t going to download the App, but over the break, I have been really bored. I thought it was the stupidest thing ever, but it is kind of addicting.”
If you were stranded on a desert island (no phone, but food and water are in place), what five things would you need to survive?
“I would need clothes, my dog, Tayley (my best friend) would have to be there too, lotion for the sun and my hairbrush.”
What Hogwarts house would you be sorted into, and why?
“Hang on a minute; I took a quiz on this. We love Harry Potter, and we used to watch all the movies in a marathon on repeat. I would be with Slytherin. I’m not mean, but I am a very honest and blunt-to-the-point type of person. So I guess sometimes I might come off as a rude person to someone who doesn’t know me. I am smart and cunning.”
Do you have a special place where you go to be alone? If so, where is it, and why is this place so special?
“I wouldn’t say that it is special, but when I am stressed out or something, I like to drive around in my car and listen to music.”
Finish this sentence: “In 20 years, I’m going to be…
“Married with two children, and hopefully, I will be a social worker and if not that a physiologist.”
How did you like the taste of a Lemonade out of Lemons interview?
“I liked it. I was a lot less boring, and it made me think about what I had to say.”