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At an early age, North Port High School senior Jackie Thame learned the value of being present and reliable.

Jackie, her twin Joel (also a STRIVE honoree), and their older brother moved from New Jersey to Florida when they were toddlers.

From the beginning, their grandparents played a huge role in raising the children, eventually taking legal guardianship.

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Jackie was always extremely close to her supportive and loving grandparents, and she felt their pride when she excelled in school and at track and field events where she threw the discus, placing first in the district last year.

In her junior year, with school schedules and activities fluid due to the pandemic, Jackie chose remote classes so she could help her grandmother and spend as much time as possible with her beloved grandfather, whose cancer was rapidly worsening.

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