One of Stritch’s most prolific runners, Jennifer LaPlante McDonald is a graduate of the Class of 1999 and was coached by Dan ‘67 and Sandi Reardon. She was named MVP as a basketball player at Cardinal Stritch, but Cross Country and Track were her best sports.
An 11-time Varsity letter winner, Jennifer still holds records in Cross Country and various track relays. She was named Most Valuable Runner and received All-Ohio and Academic All-Ohio honors in both Cross Country and Track.
“Being inducted into the Stritch Hall of Fame is one of the most meaningful and personal honors I’ve received,” Jennifer says. “I was lucky to have coaches who cared, and people cheering me on at every turn”.
To today’s student-athletes, she says, “Always keep working to improve. Improve your skills, improve your communication, improve your mindset. Work hard to be the best teammate, student, friend, son or daughter. Expect mistakes to happen along the way, but always learn from them and take something away that makes you grow from each experience. Be the one that keeps a positive outlook, and you will always have people cheering you on in your corner. Lastly, enjoy your time doing the things you love.”
Jennifer is married to her high school sweetheart, Bobby McDonald ’99. They have two children, Kyla (8) and Vincent (5). Jennifer currently works as a junior high science teacher at Timberstone Junior High in Sylvania.