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Committed to class and country

Kam King
August 29, 2014

Before most of us have had our first cup of coffee, Jennifer Alway completes 50 sit-ups and pushups, 50 flex-arm hangs and a three-mile run.

As a member of Ohio State’s Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) program, Alway loves a challenge.

After graduation in 2015, she will convert from a civilian into an officer in the Marine Corps. Marines are highly-trained armed forces who support naval ships and are deployed for combat with as few as six hours’ notice.

“I’ve wanted to serve our country since I was young,” the Ludington, Mich., native said.

With a 3.4 GPA, the Human Nutrition major takes pride in her education.

But she also finds time to give back as a member of EHE’s Junior Leaders Service Learning Program. She and her friends created SMART Girls. Six to 12-year-old girls meet once a week on the Columbus campus to discuss confidence and self-esteem. They also participate in fun workshops on healthy eating and fitness.

“I want SMART Girls to help girls become confident and strong young women.”


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