Jocelyn is a student at Oak Park - River Forest High School. She began performing at the age of 3 in a ballet recital for the Oak Park Park District. She continued ballet, Tap, Jazz and Hip Hop at Panda and Stairway to The Stars Dance Studios. While in grammar school she was in a number of school performances, including The Wiz and The Music Man. She's studied and performed in the Emerging Artists Program at Circle Theater in Forest Park, IL.
The award from the Laura Southwick Foundation has allowed her to continue her vocal training with Dr. Dorothy Bounds at the Dorolyn Music Academy of Music in Oak Park in preparation for several large pageants - the National American Miss and the Miss Illinois High School America competitions.
Jocelyn's biggest professional accomplishment was playing the role of "Addy" in Chicago's American Girl Theater, where she did a three year run.
Much of Jocelyn's personal time is spent with family or at Mars Hill Baptist Church in the Austin Area where she's a part of the singing, praise dancing and drama ministries. She's very active in the the Young Adults Developing in God
youth ministry. Giving back in the community is one of her lifetime goals.
The teacher/student relationship between Jocelyn and myself developed "when Jocelyn enrolled in OPRFHS, after an extended stay in Los Angeles, she decided that this was a place where she wanted to further develop her acting skills in film, dance and music. Jocelyn immediately became active in the OPRF Gospel Choir. Jocelyn displayed leadership qualities as well as great singing ability. Jocelyn was a much needed uplifting boost for the choir. She is a team player in that she is also concerned with the sound as well as the image of the members and organization. During outings, concerts and workshops, she volunteers her time preparing and organizing so that the event is successful. In addition to the above attributes, I most admire her humble and caring spirit and her eagerness to learn new things while maintaining her positive age appropriate teen agility, and above average grades.
She's a motivated student and I encourage her to follow her dreams."
Latonia Brown, the Gospel Choir Instructor at Oak Park - River Forest High School, says this about Jocelyn: