The CMHS Alumni Spotlight showcases and recognizes outstanding Cardinal Mooney Alumni for their academic and professional achievements, service to their community, and their continuation of Cardinal Mooney’s tradition of “Sanctity, Scholarship, and Discipline”. With the Alumni Spotlight, we will explore and regularly share the diverse accomplishments of our graduates.
Anna Jackanich Class of 2012
Education, Professional Experience & Honors:
Anna Jackanich is a 2012 graduate of CMHS. She then studied at Ohio State University, graduating summa cum laude in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience.
After completing her undergraduate degree, Anna then attended the prestigious Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California. She graduated with Highest Distinction at the top of her medical school class and as a Dean’s Scholar in 2020. She also graduated with Distinction in Research, was a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society and the Gold Humanism Honor Society and earned the American Medical Women’s Association Janet M. Glasgow Achievement award.
Of all the recognition she received during med school, Anna is most proud of her Gold Humanism Honor Society award for her community service. Her service work included being a big sister and tutor with the local Violence Intervention Program. She also traveled to Tijuana once a month to provide healthcare in “pop up” clinics and sat on the board for an HIV nonprofit. In addition, she worked at the student run clinic near Skid Row in Los Angeles, CA.
Anna is currently an Emergency Medicine Resident Physician at UCLA.
Anna’s fondest memories of CMHS come from the lifelong friendships made, the student section at football games, and Mr. Butler’s art classes.
Anna started thinking about a medical career when she was at Mooney. The course offerings and block scheduling provided flexibility and allowed her to take the necessary college prerequisites. While at Mooney, she learned discipline and organized study habits. She refers to her teachers, like Mr. Butler, and her lacrosse coach, Dr. Boniface, as role models. They were significant positive influences on her life. They not only supported her achievements as an honors student, but also taught her the importance of thinking for herself and having confidence in her decisions, which have been crucial to her success over the recent years.
Anna truly cherishes her high school memories.
Personal Life – Other Accomplishments & Interests:
Living in Los Angeles, CA, Anna has been quite busy working in the ER and ICU during the pandemic. In her free time, she loves to go to the beach and hike or ski if she can get away!
Thank you to Anna and all medical professionals and caregivers in the Mooney Family! We owe you a debt of gratitude for your tireless efforts on the front lines of the pandemic!