The Storyteller: Alumni Spotlight, Alex Jenny '18

Alex Jenny loves to tell stories. She likes to make people laugh, capture special moments, and
help bring joy to the lives of others through filmmaking. As a 2018 graduate of The Franciscan
School, Jenny wants to build a career in the film and television industry, putting to use her skills
and passions. And her building blocks came from her years at TFS.

When Jenny was just two years old, her time at TFS began as a preschooler. After a few short
years in Hong Kong, she returned back to TFS to attend from second grade until she graduated.
During her time at TFS, Jenny sought leadership roles and incorporated service into her
learning. As a committed member of the TFS Student Council, Jenny started Dollar Dress-Out
Days, a fun way for students to dress down and donate to important local charities. Many years
later, this program continues. “When I started them, I was thinking about all the joy that dress-
out days brought at school, and how we could add a service component. Ultimately, I just
wanted to make people at TFS happy while helping others outside of our community.” 

IMG_0011While a student at TFS, Jenny lived out the school’s values of faith, academics, and service. As an eighth grader, Jenny received the prestigious Franciscan Award. “TFS meant the world to me because it’s really where I grew up,” Jenny says. One of her favorite times at TFS was also leading morning prayer and connecting with younger students. Jenny credits the care and dedication of several teachers and staff members as making an impact in her life. “So many
teachers are the reason why I have become who I am today, preparing me for all my future has
to offer.” Jenny admits they were more than teachers; they supported her through difficult times
and provided a positive influence on her.

After her time at TFS, Jenny has continued making an impact while attending Cardinal Gibbons
High School. While there, she has been a part of the Gibbons Leadership Conference and the
Middle School Leadership Conference. She virtually ran the New York City Half Marathon in
2020 and in person this year. She has raised thousands of dollars to support the Tisch MSResearch Center of New York in honor of her dad.

Jenny has big plans for life after she graduates high school this year. She plans to attend NYU
Tisch School of the Arts majoring in Film and Television, while minoring in Child and Adolescent
Mental Health Studies. After college, Jenny hopes to start writing for television shows and
movies (specifically comedy), and then start creating her own. She desires to create contentthat causes people to laugh and smile as they walk through life. “As long as I am helping to tell
stories and create movies/television shows, I will be happy and living my dream,” Jenny says. 

As Jenny moves on from her time in Raleigh, she wants to leave behind advice for students at
TFS. “Being true to who you are is setting yourself up for success in the long run. And do things
that make you smile. You never know where your passions will take you.

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