MEET JACK HUGHES-HAGEMAN
A Born Politician
Born May 12th, 1992 at Swedish Hospital in Seattle, Jack was brought home to a loving family on the shores of Lake Tapps in the town of Bonney Lake.
Jack was named after his grandfather Jack Hageman, a
former mayor of Kennewick, WA
From the earliest days of his youth Jack has had a vision. His passion is people, and he has always been a natural leader. Even though material wealth was never in great supply, Jack was never short of hopes and dreams. After watching the blockbuster film "The Patriot" in the year 2000, Jack was determined to make a politician out of himself. Even though his family was poor, he knew that he was destined for greatness.
Jack M. Hageman was born in Kennewick, Washington in the year 1918. By age sixteen his father had passed away and the great depression was in full swing, Jack decided to join the civilian workman's corps to support his mother and two siblings. He earned 6 dollars a week, he kept one and sent the rest home. It was in the civil work service that he lost his pinky toe to a logging accident.
Jack Hageman would go on to be a Master Sergeant in the Army, a father of eight, and husband of over 60 years. He was elected Mayor of his hometown of Kennewick in 1976 and wrote several books from home. He was a lifelong member of the Republican Party, a conservationist, and an inspiration.
In the year 2003 Jack's father got married to Lihong Tan, a single mother from Chongqing, China. This move also brought Jack's little sister Susie into his life. Jack's family was getting bigger, and the love he received from his new family members was a welcome change from the melancholy of poverty.
After this change things in Jack's life started to turn for the better. Trips to the food bank slowly became trips to the grocery store. Hand me down jeans eventually gave way to a new pair of Levi's. The newfound stability in his fathers life lead them to move to Bellevue, Washington where he lives to this day.
The First to Graduate
Jack was a varsity wrestler at all four highschools he attended, active in debate and theater clubs, performed Vocals and Guitar in several bands, and even won the Fairbanks NAACP essay writing contest his sophmore year. He learned to speak German and took several college credit philosophy and physics courses. Jack credits his philosophy professor Emertius Walter Benesch for opening his mind.
In the spring in 2011, Jack would go on to be the first person in his family to receive a high school diploma when he graduated from Sammamish Highschool. For college he would commit to his mothers alma matter at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
University of Alaska
Jack had very little financial assistance in college. He worked an average of sixty hours a week during his tenure at UAF. Jacks "Work Now" approach kept his college debt to less than five thousand dollars per year. Even with the heavy workload, times were tough and he was at times homeless. He spent 5 months in 2012 living in a Cabela's Big Game tent on the outskirts of town, complete with electricity, refrigerator, and a canopy bed.
Jack's leadership in the Associated Students of Business and Students Who Enjoy Economic Thinking caused him to be recruited by the Alaska Alpha chapter of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. After winning their Balanced Man Scholarship in 2012, He would go on to serve as Vice president and President of the Alaska Alpha Chapter.
Being a Nanook was some of the wildest years of Jack's life; Full of friends, hockey games, and memories to last forever
As the vice president of the Associated students of business Jack helped pioneer the Lemonade Day Entrepreneurship Program to get youth involved in understanding the principles of investment, savings, and return.
As a scholar in the Students Who Enjoy Economic Thinking program. Jack met weekly with a group his peers and professors to discuss a wide variety of economic issues and philosophies. This program was accompanied by weekly readings and dissemination of academic economic literature.
Jack participated in the Big Brother Big Sisters School House Big program, providing friendship and mentoring to underprivileged youth at their schools.
Jack earned the Balanced Man Scholarship from the Alaska Alpha Chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon for being an exemplary freshman who demonstrated an equal affinity for athletics, academics, and philosophy. He would go on to join the Alaska Alpha Chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon and act as Community Service Coordinator, Vice President, and eventually President.
as a SigEp President
Under his leadership the chapter earned the Manpower Excellence Award for community Service and academic acheivement as well as the Excelsior Cup in recruitment at the 2012 Carlson Leadership Academy.
The chapter grew threefold and nearly doubled its average GPA.
In 2013 Jack was selected out of over three thousand applicants to participate in the RUCK Leadership Institute at the University of Richmond, Virginia. This is SigEp's most exclusive and prestigious educational confrence.