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Change defines character of Lewis-Palmer teen

By JANE REUTER THE GAZETTE Updated: May 17, 2005 at 12:00 am
COMING DAILY IN METRO: This is one in a series of stories about members of The Gazette’s Best and Brightest Class of 2005. Jessica Katz learned about being versatile at a young age.
Her parents divorced when she was 4 months old and shared custody of their daughter. Throughout her 18 years, her time has been split between her mom’s home on a 40-acre lot in Monument and her dad’s historic house in Old Colorado City. The lifestyle has molded her into a young woman who accepts change without batting an eye. “I think it’s defined me,” Katz said. “It’s made me very open to different places and ideas and people because I move around so much.” Her receptive and curious nature has helped her earn top honors in school, onstage and on the field. She’s a cross-country runner, speech and debate team captain, and accomplished flutist. Playing music, she said, ranks among the most enriching experiences she’s had. “What I love most about playing music is the kind of connection I make with the other people in the band room,” Katz said. “We might not necessarily know each other, or have anything in common outside the band room, but it’s a very universal understanding when we’re in the middle of a song and everything is going well.” Her many interests, she said, have so far made it impossible to choose a career. “My interests change every day,” she said. “I’ve thought about neuroscience, physics, linguistics, creative writing. Perhaps I will become a neuroscientist who writes novels about the brain, or a forensic scientist with a specialty in linguistics.” CONTACT THE WRITER: 476-4817 or jreuter@gazette.com JESSICA KATZ Lewis-Palmer High School Parents: Neil Katz and Eleanor Ryder Polich What’s next: Awarded a merit scholarship at Barrett Honors College at Arizona State University If you could travel back in time and change one historical event, what would it be and why? I would do something that would eliminate the international dependence on fossil fuels. I might travel back before energy from oil became mainstream and introduce hydrogen power or some other type of renewable energy. Other stuff: Colorado State University President’s Outstanding Scholar; Mu Alpha Theta Mathematics Honor Society; flute instructor; Monument branch library volunteer; player in the Colorado Springs Youth Repertory Theatre’s pit orchestra; speech and debate team captain.
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