St. John's Intern, Jennifer Bailey: Athlete, Role Model, Scientist

June 16, 2015

 Jennifer Bailey came to St. John’s to work in the nursery while studying Nutrition and Kinesiology at UT on an athletic scholarship. Later she became an intern, working with our children and traveling twice to New York on the St. Ann’s Mission Trips. She has also spent several years as a counselor with the Annual Wisconsin Badger Girls State Government and Leadership Conference …a program for female high school juniors that teaches young women about government on the local, state, and national levels. Jennifer also has an internship at Oak Ridge National Labs as a science writer, helping to bridge the gap between the scientist and the lay person through written language. Well, Jennifer’s time at St. John’s is coming to a close as she prepares to move to Boston for Graduate School to study Gastronomy with a focus on food history and culture but says she will always hold on to the title, “Lady Vol.” Having always been athletic, Jennifer was guided toward rowing by a family friend and by a high school strength and speed coach when she was a high school freshman in Wisconsin. Her rowing career began with the Milwaukee Rowing Club, earned her an athletic scholarship to UT, and landed her a position at the Oak Ridge Rowing Club as a Masters Coach (she coaches St. John’s parishioner Brooks Clark). A few years ago, Jennifer saw a video about rowing across the Atlantic and added an open-water crossing to her bucket list. In June, 2016, Jennifer will realize a tremendous life goal as she competes with her teammate Ryan in New Ocean Wave’s (NOW) Great Pacific Race. According to NOW’s website, “Crews from around the world come together in Monterey, California and take on the biggest, baddest, human endurance challenge on the planet as they row 2,400 miles to Hawaii.” In a fiberglass, open-water rowing shell with fore and aft stowage compartments, the two athletes will take two-hour rowing shifts across the Pacific Ocean for what could take 35-80 days to complete. Undoubtedly, this outstanding and adventurous young woman has left her mark on her Oak Ridge/Knoxville communities and we wish her the very best in her next chapter.

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