by Lydia Bickham and Jerri Whitner, Student Contributors
From a young age, Jacquelyn Crawford has possessed a servant’s heart. Jacquelyn is a senior Biology major at Alice Lloyd College, who is involved in numerous activities on and off campus in hopes of making a difference in people’s lives.
Jacquelyn is from Church Hill, Tennessee where she graduated third in her class from Volunteer High School in 2013. Upon graduation she received the Good Citizen’s Award from the Daughters of the American Revolution and was recognized as a Tennessee/Virginia Scholar. Once Jacquelyn graduates from ALC she hopes to achieve a doctorate in medicine.
Jacquelyn loves being an active member in the community, and with every project she undertakes she reflects on a quote that has become her life motto “be the change you want to see in the world.” In fact, that is the very thing that drew Jacquelyn to Alice Lloyd College. “It is this passion for helping others that first attracted me to ALC and when I heard of the Purpose Road Philosophy I knew it was the perfect school for me.” Jacquelyn has embodied the ideology of the Purpose Road philosophy through her philanthropic efforts. She has worked with the Hawkins County Lunch Box Program for seven years and coordinated the program for the past four years. The Hawkins County Lunch Box Program offers the free/reduced lunch that is served during the school year to students in the summer on school buses that are called Rolling Dinners. In the summer of 2016, her branch was able to serve over thirteen thousand nutritious meals to kids for absolutely no cost. In addition to her work with the Hawkins County Lunch Box Program, Jacquelyn has helped spread the Lunch Box Program to two other cities, so more kids can benefit from the program.
Jacquelyn’s work with the Miss America Organization has also allowed her countless opportunities to give back to her community. Through this organization and others like it, she has won many awards and titles, and although it is an honor to be recognized it is not her ultimate goal. By participating in pageants Jacquelyn hopes, “to bring awareness to child hunger” by telling others and coordinating programs such as the Hawkins County Lunch Box Program. Last summer Jacquelyn was crowned Miss Historic Jonesborough, and she has used her title to give back to the community. Recently, Jacquelyn combined her love for science and children by teaching the students at the June Buchannan School of STEM Education. She performed experiments with the students to show them how fun science could be and hopefully to spark their interest in the field of science.
Through her volunteer work, Jacquelyn is often asked about her involvement in the Miss America Organization by young girls and even adults. Her response is always the same, “just jump right in!” Jacquelyn leaped right into the organization and because of it, she has become more confident. Through her many pageants, she has been able to do what she is most passionate about, reaching out to others.
In addition to her volunteer work, Jacquelyn is required to participate in the Student Work Program which helps pay for tuition and instills a strong work ethic in the students. Jacquelyn is a resident advisor in Carrick Dorm. Through this position, she is able to mentor around twenty students and help them feel at home while they are at college. Her work study allows her to be involved and puts her in charge of several events such as homecoming, the Miss ALC Pageant, and Spring Formal Planning. In addition to her work study, Jacquelyn also participates in several clubs and organizations. She is the Treasurer of the Voices of Appalachia, the Vice President of the Impact Club, the Service Chair of the Student Rural Health Organization, a member of the Allied Health Club, and she is a cheerleader. With these many organizations, Jacquelyn has found another way to reached out to her community. With the Allied Health Club Jacquelyn helped deliver Christmas stockings to twenty-two students at Beaver Creek Elementary, and by being the treasurer of the Voices of Appalachia she helped plan the Spring 2016 California tour. With her cheerleading, Jacquelyn was chosen as a Champion of Character for the ALC cheer squad. Jacquelyn’s active lifestyle further shows her servant’s heart.
From being a young girl who helped her mother give food at a food pantry to taking on new projects as an adult, Jacquelyn has always had a desire to help those in need. Jacquelyn aspires to use her degree to help others by “taking part in a medical mission team dedicated to giving free health care to those in need in the Appalachian Area.” The College’s wonderful support system allows people like Jacquelyn to achieve their goals. Alice Lloyd College not only prepares its students to go out into the world but it also instills a desire to serve others and give back to the community. Jacquelyn has had this ideology in her for a long time, but through her involvement in numerous campus clubs and organizations, she is able to inspire others to follow the same path.