Jasmine Earnest has been at Latham Christian Academy since kindergarten in 2002, making her and fellow senior Mickayla Mein some of the longest tenured students ever to attend LCA.
Jasmine enjoys speaking of her parents and their obvious love for each other saying, “I envy my parents – the way they handle things in their relationship and the love they have for each other. I hope one day I can do that with my hubby.”
Jasmine’s father claims Brooklyn as home after his family came to America from Pakistan. Jasmine’s mother grew up in Queens after moving to the States from India. She valued the freedom and educational opportunities available to her here and even graduated high school early so she could attend SUNY Albany. Jasmine enjoys seeing pictures of her mother’s “really big hair” and “bright lipstick,” commenting that her mother could be seen “a mile away”! Jasmine’s parents met through family connections in Queens and began their “love at first sight” relationship. Their first child, Jasmine’s older brother Jace, was born less than a year after their marriage.
Jasmine’s father has worked in a variety of fields, even owning his own commercial cleaning company for a time. Today he still does a little cleaning and also works as a delivery contractor. Jasmine’s mother has worked in the banking field since graduating from college, working her way through many promotions. Today she is the Area Retail Leader at Key Bank.
Jasmine’s older brother Jace is “awesome” and she says she “wouldn’t want a different big brother”! As for her little brother James, Jasmine comments, “He needs to stop copying me.” Jasmine laughs, however, that since she is leaving LCA, James will be free to continue the Earnest family traditions.
Because Jasmine and classmate Mickayla have been together for many years, the two of them share many memories. Jasmine noted that the two have become closer than ever during this school year. They share a special memory of being in Mrs. Diggs’s class and going together to Mrs. Parker’s classroom to raid her snack closet. Jasmine also remembers “communicating with their eyes” back during naptime in kindergarten! Even though they claim not to have been close friends until recently, Mickayla and Jasmine have obviously created a “relatively good” friendship with so many shared memories.
Jasmine speaks fondly of Mrs. O’Rourke, “She is so loving. When you need someone to ‘vent to,’ she is the first one you think of. She knows the words to say and when to put you in your place when you are wrong.” She will also remember Mr. Fry, commenting, “I didn’t know he could be so chill.” She will remember when he speaks in “Mr. Fry language” when things go wrong and even going to Mr. Fry for help finding a date for the senior banquet!
Jasmine also commented that Mrs. Kettlewood will miss her coming into the school office each day and writing on her calendar and messing up her desk and asking her for food all the time. Jasmine does admit, however, that she will actually miss Mrs. Kettlewood after graduation!
Jasmine accepted Christ as her Savior when she was five. A friend of her father’s named Dan Pelcher prayed with Jasmine, leading her to the Lord. She was baptized at age 11 at Grace Bible Church. Today the family attends Clifton Park Community Church. Jasmine has always been active in her churches, working in the nursery, singing special music, and helping in Sunday school.
This fall, Jasmine plans to attend her mother’s alma mater, SUNY Albany and major in human biology. Jasmine’s eventual career goal is to become a general practice physician. Jasmine’s life verse comes from Ecclesiastes 9:10, “Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might.”