Jaslynn Rodrigues will be entering boot camp to become a United States Marine in August. The jarheads will be getting themselves a very well-rounded and motivated young person to add to their ranks, one that possesses a trait that the branch holds dear—versatility.
Jaslynn competed for numerous athletic teams at Bourne High. She was involved in softball, field hockey, lacrosse, basketball and track. She’s also dabbled in tennis, gymnastics and golf in the past. This spring she had intended to play lacrosse, but her next official competition will be trying to outrun her fellow recruits at boot camp.
Jaslynn, who is known to her friends as Jazzy, lives with guardians Albert and Darlene Rodrigues. She has two siblings, older sister Alyssa, 20, and younger sister Emily, 10. She said her most-prized possession is her grandfather.
Math is her favorite subject in school and she been honored by BHS as the winner of the league’s Sportsmanship Award in the past. “The Godfather” is Jaslynn’s favorite movie. She said her favorite meal is just a nice slice of cheesecake. She said in her free time she loves to be outside, hiking and enjoying life.
How did you get involved with lacrosse? How much do you enjoy it?
I got involved in lacrosse freshman year. I did do softball all through middle school and played on the high school team, but I didn’t really feel the excitement or the “running” aspect that lacrosse provided, which I fell in love with.
What did you see your role being for the Lady Canalmen during this spring season had it been played. What had you done to prepare for it?
I would’ve seen myself as a player that is fully committed in a sport that will try my best to improve my team’s winning and for myself. I prepared myself for this season outside with my sister.
Throughout your high school career you have dabbled in a number of sports. What has been your favorite, and what inspired you to try so many?
My favorite jersey number is 9 since that is the day I was born. But I know not every year will I be able to get jersey 9, so I decided to take a jersey that had any number with the 9 in it. Like 09, 19, 29, etc.
Explain what you felt when you found out that your senior season would not be played this year?
I was expecting it to happen since school got canceled, so I tried not to keep my hopes too high.
If you could replay one game that you have played in, which one would it be? Why?
One game would of been my freshman year against Fairhaven. It was my first crazy goal. I threw the ball from dead center on the field and it rolled into the goal. It was nuts.
What do you consider the highlight of your athletic career so far?
The teamwork that you create with the other girls. Since the 8th grade and freshman seasons, all the way to senior year, you get to see how they improved so much while watching them all grow up.
Who is the best teammate that you’ve ever played with? What makes that person stand out?
Carly Lacasse because that girl goes crazy with the ball. She is the only girl that can throw the ball in net underhand, behind the back, through her legs, and so much more.
Do you have any sports-related superstitions? If so, what are they?
The loudest laugh. Trust me, I think every sport I’ve played, everyone would know who it is based on my laugh.
What’s the most important thing you’ve learned from playing sports?
Don’t be a sore sport. Something doesn’t go your way, move on and learn. Don’t dwell on it.
Who has been your inspiration?
No one really, i just did sports to keep myself busy and stay fit really.
Is there anyone that you would like to thank?
Coach Massman, the man who believed in me when no one else did, even myself.
When quarantine life is over, what is the thing you are most looking forward to doing?
Working. I want to work and prepare myself for boot camp
You have decided to enter the Marines after graduation. How did you come to that decision, and specialty do you hope to pursue?
I joined one of the toughest services because I want to show my grandfather (who was a veteran) that women are just as strong as men. Plus, I need to toughen up too, I’m a baby.
What’s the biggest difference between you as a senior and as a freshman? If you could go back, what advice would you give to your freshman self?
The biggest difference is the people you hang with. To not be someone you’re not to fit in. Be yourself.
What is something about you that people would be surprised to learn?
I know Português as a side language! My senior bio is in Português, so have fun translating that.
If you could switch places with one person for a week, who would it be and what would you want to do?
My Calc teacher Mr. Lanctot, so I can change all of my test grades to A’s.
Describe your idea of the perfect day
A perfect day will be a day when you wake up happy, despite the environment, and enjoy the things you created that day.
What are your post high school plans?
To finish and leave high school after 12 years to finally do what I want in life.
Where will you be in 10 years, and what will you be doing?
Hopefully in 10 years, I’ll be 27, live in my own house with my loved one pursuing my career as being a Marine and a cop. Maybe I will have children, I don’t know...I definitely want to adopt one and have one of my own.