The Hancock-Henderson Quill, Inc.

Meet Your Neighbor

by Laura Chockley, The Quill

Meet your neighbor Jennifer Brown of Stronghurst.

She was born in Burlington, IA and spent her childhood in West Point, IA. She lived there for ten years and later moved to Stronghurst on land that her grandpa owned. She began her first year as a sixth grader at West Central Middle School.

Her parents are Lawrence and Susan Brown of Stronghurst.

Lawrence works at Farm King in Burlington, IA and Susan is employed as a Nurse Practitioner in Nephrology at Great River Medical Center, also in Burlington.

Jennifer is one of seven children. She has four brothers and two sisters.

Her oldest brother is Travis, then Todd, Tim, and younger brother Michael. She is the youngest of her sisters, Tera and Hanna.

Her grandparents are Charles and the late Ina Brown, and Donald and the late Sarah Cook.

Her activities during high school were bowling and softball. During her freshman and sophomore year, she subbed in for the varsity softball team.

During her junior and senior year, she played on the Varisity and Junior Varsity softball teams.

She was also on the Varsity bowling squad all four years of her high school career. She is proud of her highest game score, a 231! She graduated high school in May of 2012.

Currently, Jennifer attends Southeastern Community College where she is working towards her Associate’s Degree, and she is employed at Fisher’s Food Center in Stronghurst. She also loves to volunteer. She has over 300 volunteer hours at Great River Medical Center spent cleaning and comforting the elderly.

Jennifer is a member of the Stronghurst Christian Church. She has been going there for four years and was baptized the second year she was there. She has participated in their Praise Band, Jesus and Me activities (JAM), and the VBS in the summer.

She was also active in 4-H and earned first and second places for her entries in baking and canning. She has had an offer to go to state for her display in Interior Design of her bathroom.

She collects American Girl Dolls and one dollar plated gold coins, which she has almost sixty dollars worth. She loves to read anything. "To me, it's better than television."

More of her hobbies include putting together puzzles, listening to music, and hanging out with friends, photography. Recently, she has enjoyed taking pictures of the sky. "They look so cool!"

Jennifer has big plans for her future. She wants to get all her general education classes out of the way at Southeastern Community College and achieve her Associates Degree in Nursing. She hopes to transfer somewhere, but isn’t sure where yet. She is looking for a Christian College to learn more about the Bible and to continue her education.

When she is done with school she hopes to apply for a job at Great River Medical Center in Burlington. 'I hope to be as successful as my parents and sister."