What Janet Yellen Was Like in High School

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Oct. 9 (Bloomberg) -- Mary Jacobson, a former high school classmate of Janet Yellen, describes what Yellen was like as a student in high school. She speaks with Pimm Fox on Bloomberg Television's "Taking Stock." (Source: Bloomberg)

Hamilton high.

Good to have you with us.

Thanks for coming with us.

You have been reading all the news about janet yellen's nomination to become the federal reserve chief.

What kind of friend, what kind of student was janet yellen when you were high school classmates?

Janet was exceptional.

It is not surprising she has done as well as she has.

She was always the smartest person in the room.

She was unassuming.

Gentle, ambitious, determined.

She did exceptionally well in high school.

She won all sorts of awards.

When we graduated, she won the match award, the science award, the english award.

She could have gone in many different directions.

I remember she was taking some courses at columbia university when we were in high school in a science honors program.

So, janet certainly showed so much of what she has become as a student in high school.

You served on the high school newspaper with janet yellen.

Can you tell us a little bit about any interaction you might have had or what was produced on the paper?

Sure.

There was a great experience.

The newspaper was "the pilot." it was headed by our favorite teacher.

Janet was alec -- editor in chief was on the editorial staff with her.

Senior year, we always had a tradition where the editor in chief would interview the valedictorian, and janet was both.

She interviewed herself.

[laughter] she interviewed herself as the valedictorian and chief of the newspaper?

What did she say?

Was her interview published?

It was all tongue-in-cheek.

It was very cute.

She talked about her interests and her travels.

She had done some traveling with her family.

She had taken a class in geology at the museum of natural history.

She was a rock collector at one time.

She had a lot of interests.

She could have gone in a lot of different directions.

Was there any noticeable competition between janet yellen and any of the other students, or was she just very focused on her own academic career?

As i said, she stood out.

We also would vote for different personalities, senior year, as you might, and janet yellen was elected class color.

She was well recognized.

She was in a class by herself.

Is for nomination to become the federal reserve chairman a surprise to you, or is it the kind of thing that you think, gee, janet yellen was going to succeed at anything?

I would say it is not a surprise.

I am thrilled for her.

Just exceptionally happy for her.

I cannot say it is a surprising piece of news.

Her ethic as someone who is a hard worker, determined to achieve?

Yes.

I mean, she had both things.

She was unassuming, as i said.

She was exceptionally bright and ambitious and determined.

She had qualities that would make for a very nice person to work with, someone who was well-

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