Jared Lee Kavinsky
Born: April 17, 1992
Died: October 24, 2013
Jared was a loving, upbeat, fun-filled person who enjoyed life to its fullest and brought happiness to the people around him. He was an athlete and musician with a brilliant mind. But many that knew him, were unaware of his achievements. For example, when Jared won the Wisconsin State Chess Tournament and it was announced at school, his friends were shocked to learn that he even played chess. He understood and developed meaningful relationships with people of all ages and interests. A college friend said "Ever since he met his group of friends while living in Bryan Hall 3 years ago, Jared was the glue that held them all together." This same characteristic goes back to grade school, when 4 different classmates wrote essays about why Jared was their best friend. Despite all of his diverse interests and enjoying his time with friends, Jared genuinely loved spending time with his family ranging from his young cousins to his Grandfather. The cousins all say "that their best childhood memories involve Jared."
Jared attended Harriet Bishop Elementary School and Eagle Ridge Junior High School in Savage, Minnesota where he participated in many activities including baseball, Math Masters, basketball, miniature golf, bowling, band and cub scouts. The family relocated to Merton, Wisconsin in 2005 where Jared attended Merton Intermediate School. He graduated from Arrowhead High School in 2010. Jared's many accomplishments in high school included: Graduating with a 4.0 grade average; he earned varsity letters in academics, baseball and band; won 1st place in the Wisconsin State Chess Tournament; He was a member of the WI State Championship baseball team and the State Champion MSOE Jets Engineering Team; and placed 4th in the DECA district competition. He participated in many additional activities including Chess Club; Jazz Band, Marching Band; Physics Bowl and Olympiad; Chemistry Olympiad; Key Club; Knowledge Master Open; and basketball and badminton intramurals.
Jared was attending Michigan State University. He was due to graduate in December with an honors degree in Applied Engineering Sciences with concentrations in Supply Chain Management and Computer Science. He was a recipient of honors and engineering scholarships and made the Dean's list every semester. He was a professorial research assistant for 2 years where he generated 3D computer models and deciphered parameters to solve aorta valve ruptures. He served as the Applied Engineering Sciences Webmaster and founded Club Combo where members collected unwanted food and donated it to local food banks. He was planning to go onto graduate school for a PhD. Jon Sticklen, the head of the engineering program, wrote "I count Jared as a friend and a student. He was one of the most academically adept students I have had the pleasure of working with. But beyond that was Jared's humanity, his quickness to help his fellow students, and his sense of humor. Jared was the rare student who had so many options open to him. I unequivocally know that no matter what Jared choose as his path, he would not just succeed, but succeed spectacularly. I was all set to watch Jared after graduation and see him start out and reach heights that I don't think even he saw yet."
Jared worked the last two summers as a GE Healthcare Operations Management Leadership Intern in Waukesha WI. He designed and developed a field engineer mobile application that enables backorder status communication and created an automatic generator for customer parts presentations. He also served as the project manager of an international supplier transfer and assisted global leaders by creating and maintaining trackers.
Jared is survived by: his parents Marc and Jodi (Lesiecki) Kavinsky; his grandparents Gerry and Judy Lesiecki; his aunts and uncles Greg Lesiecki and Gina McBride, Jeff and Krista Lesiecki, Rick and Karen Lesiecki, Drs. Clifford Kavinsky and Evalyn Grant, and Howard Kavinsky and Lauren Goldberg; his cousins Mitchell, Josie, Finn, and Tadd Lesiecki, Lincoln and Grace Kavinsky, Zach McBride, and Sarah Goran.
A Jared Kavinsky Engineering Scholarship has been established at Michigan State University. Checks should be made out to "Michigan State University" with the memo stating "In memory of Jared Kavinsky". Gifts should be mailed to: Engineering Development and Alumni Relations, 428 S. Shaw Lane, Room 3536, East Lansing, MI 48824.
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