For Jessie Thompson, this year has definitely been above par.
Which is ironically contradictory to how she usually likes her life in her sport.
As a member of the London High School girls golf team, the senior has been somewhat of a trendsetter.
Recently, Thompson became the first female golfer in London High School history to be named first-team All-Mid State League. That goes along with being named the school’s only female four-year letter-winner in that sport.
“It was always a goal of mine to be the first one to receive this,” Thompson said of earning first-team honors.
This completes quite an accolade-filled few weeks for Thompson. She was also recently voted Homecoming Queen by her peers at London High School.
And while golf — like anything else — takes a lot of practice to keep the skills sharp, her accomplishments on the links are even that much more impressive when considering all of the other things Thompson does both inside (and outside of) the walls of the high school.
In addition to golf, Thompson is a section leader in the Red Raiders Marching Band, member of both Student Council and National Honor Society, and is the current editor of the London High School Yearbook.
Last year, a number of her friends introduced her to her newest passion — theatre. Thompson is currently in rehearsals as part of the cast of the London High School Fall Drama, Agatha Christie’s “And Then There Were None.”
Outside of school, in addition to working at Cappy’s Restaurant, Thompson has been a Special Olympics volunteer in both basketball and volleyball for several years. This past spring, she was part of Madison County’s Unified Volleyball Team (made up of Special Olympics athletes as well as partners) which won a National Championship.
Jeff Gates is a contributor for The Madison Press.