From being selected as the GHSA AAAAAA State Literary Champion in humorous oral interpretation to receiving the 2022 Thespian Award for Best Actress in a Musical for “The Drowsy Chaperone,” Class of 2022 Buford High School graduate Jenna Gubran made her mark in the area of arts.
This comes as no surprise, as performing is what she loves doing most, whether it was taking the stage as a Variety Show soloist, representing Buford at District Honor Chorus or acting in a host of theater shows — she accumulated more than 1,000 hours of service to the theater department.
“I am always working to perfect my craft,” Jenna said. “I try to find new ways to improve in what I love doing most, which is performing.”
Jenna’s high school theater credits include “Bright Star,” — which won the state One Act competition her junior year — “Catch Me If You Can,” “Little Women,” — which took region One Act champion honors her senior year — “The Drowsy Chaperone,” “Aladdin Jr.” and “Honk! Jr.” She was named to the state One Act All Star Cast for “Little Women” and is a member of Tri-M Music Honor Society,
Having attended Buford City Schools since first grade, Jenna also represented the two additional areas of Buford’s Triple A Excellence — excellence in academics and athletics. She was an honor graduate, finishing high school with a 4.0 GPA, and an AP Scholar with Honor. In the area of athletics, she served as a manager for the wrestling team, receiving a state championship pendant for 2022.
Jenna was also a member of Beta Club, National Honor Society, Book Club, Chess Club and Spanish Club. During her senior year, she was inducted into the Spanish National Honor Society.
If she could stay in one class with one teacher all day, Jenna continued to show her love for the arts and performing — she said she would choose chamber chorus with Mr. Taylor Greer as his class was fun and engaging and students continuously worked on challenging new pieces.
Mr. Greer, it just so happens, is also Jenna’s favorite teacher.
“Mr. Greer is very funny and approachable, while also being an amazing teacher,” Jenna said. “He takes the time to get to know students and help them to be the best musicians and people they can be.”
Jenna plans to student theater and communications at the University of Georgia. As a Buford graduate, she would now like to be remembered “as a leader and someone who encourages others to be the best versions of themselves.”
Her advice to students as they continue their studies at her alma mater?
“Be as involved as possible and enjoy every possible moment of high school.”
This advice certainly comes from experience.