As the sun casts its brilliant rays of orange,
magenta, and turquoise the crewmembers of Jacques Cousteau’s fleet
gather the large sails as the 100-ft sea vessel plunges though the
cobalt blue Ocean. The 25-day excursion has brought many exciting
discoveries. From hidden treasures of a lost Greek civilization,
to making its journey to Egypt and following a pod of great blue
whales while recording their behavior, eating, along with their
social developmental structures.
What a great journey it had been. The backbone
to their success has been their mighty ship; without her they could
have never travelled as far as they had. Now pulling into port the
“genette” is unloaded of her riches and put to rest until Captain
Cousteau and his sailors set forth on yet another adventure into
the great seas of the world. I was January 25, 1977 in Flint, Michigan
and my mother chose the name “Jenette” as an inspiration for me
to help me become and achieve whatever my adventure in life takes
This Self- portrait portrays me in the thinking
position. The first square on the far left is expressing the many
doors of accomplishments and failures I have experienced. Following
to the right, the next square is seeing the light at the end of
the tunnel, which helps me recognize the positive in all situations.
The third square represents the different sails and textures of
life. It seems nothing looks or feels, as it seems.
The forth and final square represents my garden
of imagination. I have really enjoyed this assignment and I hope
you have been interested enough to read this description of a girl
named, Jenette Schanick. Thank you for your time it has been an
honor to represent the United States and Fiji.
revised October 31, 2002