Our town, our people — Olivia Jacobson


“Our town, our people” is a weekly Q&A with a local resident who is active in the community. Have a suggestion for someone we should talk to? Email T-R news editor Emily Barske at ebarske@timesrepublican.com. 

Olivia Jacobson is a junior at Marshalltown High School who has lived here since birth.

Q: What are you passionate about?

A: “I am very passionate about schoolwork, and maintaining that 3.5 GPA in school, and always striving to do better.”

Q: What community activities do you participate in?

A: “I did teach Bible school at St. Henry’s Church. I am a Marshalltown High School cheerleader, for both varsity football and basketball. I also do a pageant. It’s called National American Miss, and I recommend any young girl do it. It really helps build confidence.”

Q: What do you enjoy about this community?

A: “I love how connected we are. We’re such a small community. So, everybody knows who you are, especially if your parents grew up here, you’re able to communicate with each other, and just walk some place knowing that you’re in a place where people know you.”

Q: What changes do you feel need to be made in the community?

A:“I definitely feel we could pay a little bit more attention to the less fortunate. So, we can get them more, maybe kind of change our homes for those people and try to put more money into them. “

Q: What advice would you pass on to young people?

A:“To always strive for better, and to never give up. And, even if someone says you can’t, you can.”

Q: What is your favorite Marshalltown activity?

A: “Definitely softball. I love going to the softball diamonds. I’ve gone since I was a little girl.”

Q: What social activity or event would you like to see come to Marshalltown and why?

A: “I think more plays. I love seeing plays, and I know that out high school drama club would love to see more come to town because I know that there our lots of high school students that would love to participate in high school drama.”