P(Ave) the Way

The story behind the first mother-daughter legacy at Juan Diego

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From class of ‘03 to class of ‘22, Senior Averi Buchanan has followed in her mom’s footsteps here at JD. From joining the cheer team, to following her mom’s advice, Averi and her mom Alex have built a close relationship, making them best friends throughout her high school years. She graduated from Juan Diego in 2003, and after having Averi, she made the decision to allow her to attend the same high school. 

Coming from a public school, Alex didn’t know anyone when she began going to Juan Diego. She was a cheerleader all 4 years of high school, on Dance Company for 3 years, and was on the track team her freshman year. “When I made the cheer team, I was able to make friends, some of whom I’m still friends with today. Cheer gave me a support system.” Job says, “I met lifelong friends on the team, we went to camp over the summer together and had practice everyday after school. They were all so supportive and loved Averi too,” She finishes. Despite attending a new school that was completely new to her, she found her second family on the cheer team.

Influenced by her mom, Averi tried out for the cheer team her senior year. “I have really loved watching her cheer because I enjoyed it so much.” Job says.

From experience, Alex wanted Averi to get involved, and enjoy her senior year to the fullest. “I want her to enjoy every second this year. It’s going to go by so quickly and then it’s gone. So enjoy all you can and don’t be in a hurry to graduate.” Job says, “I had such a great experience, and I wanted that for her too.” Job added. As involved as Alex was in high school, she wanted the same for Averi. Averi is now a class officer, STAMP, a member of Student Faith and Liturgy, basketball manager, and softball player.  

“Having Averi go to JD has been so fulfilling.” Job says, “I made myself a promise my senior year that no matter what my daughter would one day attend and graduate from JD.” ”

— Alex Job

 

After graduating from Juan Diego in 2003, the one thing Alex wanted the most was for Averi to attend the same high school as she did. “Having Averi go to JD has been so fulfilling.” Job says, “I made myself a promise my senior year that no matter what my daughter would one day attend and graduate from JD.” She finishes.

Averi has had a strong support system going throughout high school, turning towards her mom for advice. “My mom is my best friend, my number one motivator, and everything I want to be.” Senior Averi Buchanan says, “Her experience at JD wasn’t very long ago so she remembers what it was like and how the situations could be, she just always gives really good advice and leads

me on the right path.” She finishes. They have maintained a close relationship throughout these past 4 years, and there is no doubt that they consider each other their best friends.