by JENNIFER FRAKES | photos by Alicia Jeanne Photography

Taking the Stage

student_lamar2For Jenna LaMar, performing in the Carlsbad High School’s show choir is a way to combine her loves of singing, dancing, and performing on stage. “I have been in show choir for three years, and we have won many awards. It is a lot of work to make the competition set amazing – it’s like a mini Broadway show. One big honor for me was being one of the leads in the show choir set my freshman year and having solos my sophomore year,” said Jenna. She is quick to point out that show choir is a huge commitment, with preparation for competition beginning in the summer months. Members of show choir work with choreographers and vocal coaches and often travel great distances to compete during the February-through-April competition season.

The acting bug bit Jenna quite early, as her family recalls her love for performing beginning when she was just a baby. Over the years, Jenna has participated in several local theater groups and been a part of many plays, musical productions, and drama festivals. “I have worked with a top acting coach and vocal coach. I also love dancing – it is a huge part of my active lifestyle. I love feeling strong, powerful, and confident,” related Jenna.

Jenna plays piano and teaches herself how to play songs. She is inspired by jazz music and enjoys listening to many different kinds of live music and going to concerts.

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Name: Jenna LaMar
School: Concurrent enrollment at Carlsbad High School and Carlsbad Seaside Academy
Grade: 12 (technically this is my third year, but I am graduating a year early)
Family: Parents – Rachel and Bert LaMar; Brother – Zach LaMar (20)
Favorite Local Spot: The beach! I love to watch sunsets and swim in the ocean


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student_lamar4Jenna plays piano and teaches herself how to play songs. She is inspired by jazz music and enjoys listening to many different kinds of live music and going to concerts. Jenna’s interests also extend to hiking, going to the beach, snowboarding, drawing, writing, and traveling. “I would love to travel the world someday and visit all the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. I love learning about different cultures and I want to help those in third world nations. I also plan to become fluent in at least five foreign languages,” revealed Jenna.

For the immediate future, Jenna is thrilled to be graduating from high school a year early and taking a gap year. “I love meeting people everywhere I go and learning about them and what makes them happy. Life has so much to offer, and I am excited to finish high school and explore all of my options,” stated Jenna. Although traveling is on her list of adventures for the year, she also plans to work in film and television. Ultimately, she hopes to attend college in New York City, pursuing a degree in the arts.
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