About JennyJenny's Story
Jennifer Han-chi Lin, known as Mei-Mei, Chi-Chi, Jen-Jen, Shiao Chi, Boober, and Jenny to friends and family, lived each of her fourteen years to its fullest potential. Jenny was born in Eden Hospital in Castro Valley, California; she grew up in Castro Valley where she attended Happiness Hill Preschool, Crossroads Christian School, Vannoy Elementary School, and Canyon Middle School.
Jenny pursued many talents and interests. She sought and welcomed new challenges voraciously and kept her family busy driving her to her many activities. She started dance lessons at age three and continued for nine years. Jen also studied piano for eight years; she loved to play a duet version of Listz’s “Hungarian Rhapsody” with her sister or father. Though at first she disliked the idea of Saturday School, she went to Chinese school every Saturday for seven years where she learned about her cultural heritage.
Jenny and Music
Academics and After School Activities
Jenny’s extracurricular pursuits were numerous, remarkable, and complementary to her incredible academic talents. She received straight A’s throughout her Canyon career and enjoyed studying outside of school. At the time of her death she had been planning to attend U.C. Berkeley’s Academic Talent Development Program to study marine biology, a subject in which she had expressed much interest. She loved school and particularly enjoyed math, reading and writing. She was excited about attending high school and finding new challenges and opportunities in which to excel.
Despite her many activities, Jen found time to relax in varied ways. Her stereo was always on; her favorite music included the “Dragon” soundtrack, “Phantom of the Opera” and U2. She was always on the phone with friends. Her excuse was “I have to help them with homework!” Actually, Jenny often discussed schoolwork with her peers and learned the value of teamwork and communication. She also drove her friends nuts with her organizational skills whenever she tried to clean their rooms. Of course, like any teenager, another major interest for Jenny was boys; she also had a fascination with clothes, especially her older sister’s clothes. Her trademark outfit was a white sweatshirt and a flower print pair of shorts. Around the home, she fulfilled many responsibilities such as caring for family pets. She loved to hang out with her family watching Star Trek: The Next Generation. Whenever friends and family visited, Jenny was appointed baby sitter even when she was quite young because she loved children. She was always proud of her health and fitness from running, dancing, or playing tennnis. She had planned to join the high school track team, another new venture for her.