Senior Spotlight: Jesse Damery


photo by Valarie Cook

Jesse Damery has attended the Meridian School District for 12 years.

Jesse Lyn Damery was born on April 17, 2002, in Decatur, Il., to Mindy and Brian Damery. She has one older sister named Taylor Damery.

Damery plans to attend the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to major in molecular and cellular biology, where she will also be a member of the softball team there. She wants to be a dentist because she has always been interested in dentistry since she was a little girl. 

Damery has attended the Meridian School District for 12 years and has participated in softball for four years, volleyball for two years, WYSE for two years, student council for four years, Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) for four years, and National Honor Society for two years. 

Damery looks forward to being able to play softball again in college, however, she will miss seeing everyone every day. 

Damery has made many amazing memories at Meridian and one of them is when the softball team went to state in her eighth-grade year. This memory was special because they were the first team in Meridian history to make it to State so the whole experience was so cool for them. The school has a big pep rally for them and a lot of the school came to support them. Another memory is when the softball team beat Casey last year during Sectionals. The game had been delayed and the team had to come back the next day and finish the game which was pretty challenging. The game was a ggroup effort to beat a really good team.

Another memory that is special to Damery is the little tradition her and her friends started after every sports game–they would go out to eat. It had started during the football season, Peyton Latham, Alex Martin, Tyler Schilz, Jacob Jones, Shane Smith, and Damery would get in her car and go out to eat somewhere after every game. The car rides were always filled with loud music and laughter.

Damery would like her fellow classmates to know she will really miss everyone.

“I’m really sad our last few months together got cut short,” Damery said.