Jacquet has passion for success

Published 11:38 am Tuesday, October 13, 2015

The 2015 CavOILcade Queen Marissa Jacquet has a passion for success.

Whether it’s academics, work, drill team or community service Jacquet gives it every ounce of her energy.

Jacquet, 18, a senior at Memorial High School, earned the title in her very first time to compete in a pageant. She was so surprised she was still clapping for the other girls when her name was called.

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The well-rounded student is a member of the National Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society, National Society of High School Scholars and Business Professionals of America as well as being team captain for the Marching Flames drill team, enrolled in advancement placement courses in school and is co-enrolled at Lamar State College-Port Arthur.

If that’s not enough she also takes part in a co-op work program where she spends part of her day working at Motiva in Port Arthur.

“School comes first,” Jacquet said when asked how she juggles all of her responsibilities. “It’s stressful, but school comes first then extracurricular activities.”

Her mother Rachel Jacquet is very proud.

“I’ve never had to tell her to get her homework done,” Rachel Jacquet said.

Jacquet begins her days with the co-enrollment college classes then takes environmental science and calculus at the high school. Then there’s business courses then off to Motiva then back to school for drill team practice. Once she arrives home she hits the books staying up late into the night. Her mom stays up with her but Jacquet refuses any help with her homework saying she wants to do it all by herself.

The queen also finds time to participate in community service projects through the Ivy League, Port Arthur Youth Advisory Council, Sacred Heart-St. Mary Junior Daughters Court No. 32 and is a member of the youth chapter of the NAACP.

In the past her and her mom would find children to shop for through Port Cities Rescue Mission, Rachel Jacquet added.

She was able to assist with H.E.B’s annual Feast of Sharing and fondly remembers an encounter with a family in need.

“I was walking by and this little boy stopped me. His sister was on crutches and his dad look tired. He said ‘excuse me, you don’t have to get me anything but can you get my sister and my dad a plate?’” she said. “He must have been about 8-years-old.”

Jacquet stopped what she was doing and immediately assisted the boy and his family.

Jacquet’s future is bright. She plans to attend the University of Houston and major in business management and marketing as well as study international business.

She initially thought she’d enter the medical field, she said, but when she entered high school she came across some special business education teachers who inspired her; Dawanna Jones, Lillie Hubbard and Stephanie Williams.

One business class project required Jacquet to create and plan out a business down to the minutia. She chose a dance studio called Fame.

Ten years from now Jacquet sees herself as a college graduate with her own home and a steady job wither as a chief marketing officer or chief executive officer of a business.

“I have a passion for success,” she said.

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