Featured SHS Alumni
Class of 1986
Jennifer currently lives in Boston with her husband of 20 years, Paul, and their identical twins who are freshmen in college. Jennifer is the department chair for the Communication Department at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Since her appointment to the position during Boston’s record-setting snowfall winter of 2015, she has doubled enrollment in the program twice! She also teaches undergrad courses in research methods and communication ethics, among others, and is currently working on a re-search project studying the role of mediated support on our social and emotional health. Prior to moving to Boston, she was on the faculty at University of Louisville for 13 years. Jennifer received her BA in Journalism & Mass Communication from Drake, her MS from Iowa State, and her PhD in Telecommunications from Michi-gan State, in 2002. When the twins went to college in the Fall of 2018, Jenn and Paul had to adopt a dog to fill the space and make some noise! Jenn enjoys knitting, her newest hobby; traveling; and adventures with her sister, Barb Beck-er (SHS 1977). At her most recent SHS reunion, “...we got to see the changes at both the middle and high schools--what amazing facilities for SHS students! My experiences in the Scottsbluff school system instilled a love of learning in me that continues today.”
Class of 2001
Sarah is a professional harpist, and she sings, plays piano, and works as a social worker for an adoption agency. Sarah received her Bachelor of Music in harp performance from Northwestern, and her Master of Social Work from Loyola University. She currently lives in Chicago but she has performed for many fun and interesting events around the country including performing for the governors of Illinois, a Vera Wang wedding show, Reem Acra International design-er trunk show, and she performs a few times a month at Chicago’s Drake Hotel for
Afternoon Tea. In November 2011 Sarah was listed as one of Chicago’s top artists in Chicago Talent Magazine. Sarah hopes to obtain her clinical license as a social worker and continue to perform as much as possible in Chicago. Her dream would be to tour with a rock band as a rock harpist. When Sarah was a freshman at SHS, Mrs. Simpson asked her to play the harp for the madrigal dinner. Sarah was nervous to perform for the upper classmen and their families. She performed two advanced pieces and knocked the socks off every-
one! From then on, they and she knew she was a serious musician!
Class of 2011
Sam Harvey is a singer, actor, and dancer living in New York. After graduating from SHS, Sam moved to NYC to attend AMDA and begin a wonderful journey of living his passion. Although Sam makes his permanent home in New York with his wife, Katie, also an actor, he is currently touring the country in the 10th Anniversary Tour of the Broadway hit musical Rock of Ages. Sam’s work has taken him across the country, but also across the world to Tokyo, Estonia, Sweden, Germany, and more. He has cruised all over the Atlantic Ocean, and the Baltic and Caribbean Seas all while singing, dancing, and acting. Sam has played such lovable characters as Zack Morris in Bayside! the Musical!, Santa Claus in A Christmas Wonderland, and Drew, the trying-to-make-it rocker in Rock of Ages. But he also has a knack for the edgy character audiences can’t get enough of such as Stacee Jaxx (currently), Kenickie in Grease, and Rolf in The Sound of Music. “One of my favorite theater memories is when I announced my engagement to Katie onstage in front of a New York audience after a show. We were in Bayside! together and it was so fun because it was a surprise for our cast, too.” Sam recently performed several shows at The Buell Theatre in Denver in January for a very familiar crowd. When they aren’t touring or in a show, Sam and Katie love coming “home” and spending time with family on the farm. Break a leg, Sam!
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