Childhood trials made SOU grad stronger

Southern Oregon University graduation will not only be  special for Jamee McIntyre Harrington, it will be especially meaningful to her family and friends.

Jamee graduated from Prospect High School in 2006. On June 11, she will  became the first person in her immediate family to graduate from college.

As the eldest of five children, she was relied on to help with the care of her siblings. “This made me grow up earlier than I otherwise would have,” noted Jamee. She said there were times when life was very rough. “Limited food, heat, electricity, water, no transportation but we always had a roof over our heads.”

While a student at Prospect, she was captain of the cheerleading team and All Student Body (ASB) President her senior year. She was a good student and as a result received several scholarships including the Fairy Godmother Scholarship, a scholarship through Prospect High School and the SOSA scholarship through SOU.            

She and Chris Harrington were married in 2007. They have a two-year-old son. And, in addition, she runs Town Park Ave Designs, an internet-based special occasion jewelry company serving both wholesale and retail clients. The firm specializes in bridal jewelry but carries other styles. The website is They do participate in bridal shows throughout Oregon and for southern Oregon customers, they offer private showings and jewelry parties.

Jamee will  receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Communication with a minor in Women’s Studies (Cum Laude). She was nominated by the SOU Communication Department to be the student speaker at Commencement 2011, and made it to the final five. “Ultimately I was not selected, they only choose one, but it was still a fantastic opportunity to have my voice be heard and to share a bit of my story,” said Jamee.

“I am honestly so thankful for having gone through all of those trials (as a child growing up), because I now have a great work ethic and am determined to keep learning and growing. I also appreciate what I have.”

When Jamee began college she thought her goal was to be an event coordinator for nonprofits. “I am passionate about working with agencies that are bettering the lives of at-risk youth, families and our community as a whole. I still believe that this is where my career path will lead, but for the moment I am focusing on my family and my business.”
by Nancy Leonard
Of the Independent

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