‘Where Are They Now?’ – Katasha Jarvis
Katasha Jarvis, a 2015 graduate of Nellie A. Thornton High School, is currently finishing her senior year at Regis College in Weston, Mass. She is expected to graduate in May 2019 with a bachelor of science degree in Psychology.
“I’ve always been passionate about psychology and learning about mental illnesses. Coming from a black family, mental illness wasn’t a topic that was openly discussed,” she said. “I hope to use my degree to talk with people who look like me and who have experienced similar struggles.”
Jarvis plans to continue her education by attending graduate school in the spring of 2020. Although she has not selected a school, she is interested in Boston University.
Another passion of Jarvis’s is tennis. She began playing at the age of 12, starting out on the courts at Memorial Field before moving to Kela Tennis at age 16 to receive more advanced training. She continued playing throughout high school and was scouted by Regis College. She has played for the school for her entire undergraduate career.
Jarvis was named Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) Women's Tennis Player of the Week in October 2018, first-team all-GNAC in singles her junior year, New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) Tournament Most Valuable Player during her sophomore year as well as Rookie of the Week four times during her freshman season. And, in October 2018, she broke Regis College’s record in tennis for singles wins in a career. She has also been captain of the college’s team for the last two years.
“Tennis is something I picked up one day and can’t seem to put down,” she added.
As a student in Mount Vernon, Jarvis developed close relationships with many of her faculty and advisors. Laura Grosso, a library media specialist at the new Mount Vernon STEAM Academy, remembers her charm, eagerness, and work ethic. Jarvis excelled in her classes while juggling the time needed to be devoted to tennis, Grosso said.
“I’ve remained close with a number of people at Mount Vernon,” said Jarvis. “I go to lunch with Laura every time I’m home.”