About me

Hello! I am Jennifer Shaughnessy, but most people call me Jenny. I currently go to the Massachusetts Academy of Math and Science. Before, I attended Concord-Carlisle High School. In my free time, I love being with my friends and family. I don’t get to see some of my old friends as often, but I’m trying to make it work! I like MAMS a lot because I'm challenging myself.

Me with my family
Extended family

My mom, my dad, and I make up our family. My mom is from Thailand, so we visit my grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins there. I have 10 cousins, and I love seeing all of them. My relatives are from different provinces in Thailand, so we usually meet up at my grandparents' house/shop in Nakhon Sawan, meaning "City of Angels" in Thai. I like cities because most places are within walking distance. The night markets in Nakhon Sawan have great food, and the weather is always warm.

Below are some pictures of me and my best friends. Cordelia (top left and bottom right) and I usually travel together. We've been to lots of places, including Yellowstone, Yosemite, Florida, Portugal, Spain, Iceland, and Lichtenstein (could you point it out on a map?). I love being around Cordelia, and we have tons of fun together. I've known Sammy (top right and bottom left) and Claire (top and middle right) since fourth grade. They've always been there to support me, and we have great times together.

Me with one of my friends Me in Ireland Another one of my friends
Me on the beach with my friends One of my friends Me with one of my friends at my house

In Carlisle, we celebrate Old Home Day, which includes a frog jumping contest. We used to participate; however, I have never won! Normally, we canoed around for frogs the day before. I like the outdoors, but if possible, I would never like to interact with bugs ever again. (No frogs were harmed in the process of making these photos. I let them go back in their pond afterwards.)

One of my friends with a frog
Another of my friends with a frog Me with a frog

We have a family parrot named Bernie, who is an African Grey. Bernie is in his late twenties right now, so he has been a constant fixture in my life. I like hearing him chatter throughout the day, and I think that birds are beautiful and interesting! If I ever get a pet when I’m older, I will definitely pick a feathered friend. Bernie developed a bad heart condition over a decade ago, which means he cannot fly. Surgery is too great of a risk, so we just treat him the best we can.

Bernie the African Grey Parrot

Extracurriculars

I’ve been on the math team every year since eighth grade and will continue to do so at MAMS. Trying to solve a difficult problem can be extremely satisfying, and while some problems are a little frustrating, the challenges and the connections you can make are the main reasons I like math. I like talking to people about problems and seeing how they may have approached it differently. While I miss some of the members on my old math team, I look forward to fun times on the math team here!

In addition, I am on the robotics team. Last year, I mostly worked on the hook system. Click here to visit my old robotics team's website. I had a lot of fun working on the physical side of the robot. I had never worked with power tools before, so it was both exiting and scary. I cut spacers, fixed broken rollers, and even drilled holes. This year, I want to be more involved in the brainstorming and design process. Also, I want to try out the programming side of robotics even though I don’t have any experience.

I like to play the piano and read. I have less time now, but I still want to keep them up as hobbies. I was part of the book club last year, and I loved it. I like thrillers and sci-fi books best. To the right is a picture of me reading that I took for LA class one year.

Me with a book