Lieutenant Junior Grade Jamie Franklin
Jamie was born on July 14th, 2364 to Mark and Jennifer Franklin in Anchorage, Alaska on Earth. Due to marks high-paced work as a renewable energy engineer, Jamie was primarily raised by his mother for the first six years of his life. Since his mother had other children to tend to also, Jamie learned to read at an early age. By the age of five, he spent much of his time learning about Earth and Federation history. He became intrigued about Earth history from the 16th to 21st centuries and his creativity allowed him the ability to occupy himself for hours a day creating historical presentations, drawings, and videos for his mother’s approval. It was at the age of seven that his intrigue and extreme interest in history expanded to the Federation and Starfleet. It was from this age that he knew he would one day embark on a career as a Starfleet officer.
By the age of 10, Mark began spending more time with his son as he took on the responsibilities of plant manager and was not traveling as much. This change is relationship benefited Jamie greatly since father and son shared many of the same interests, including history and Starfleet. Jamie’s interest in a Starfleet career was cemented between the ages of 10 and 16 due to his father’s interaction with Starfleet on energy-related matters. Jamie would often accompany his father to Starfleet functions, meetings, and conferences. At the age of 14, his father secured an introduction and meeting for Jamie with the Federation council, which provided him with a potential open door to his desired career in the fleet.
Despite his knowledge of and interest in Earth, Federation, and Starfleet histories, Jamie’s academic performance was never excellent. Outside of studies related to his interests, he was typically considered slightly above average. His predominant personality characteristics and traits many times led him to favor fun and adventure over his academic performance. However, the most successful and beneficial portion of his junior and senior high career was that of athletics. In an effort to increase academic performance and interest in other areas of academics, Jamie participated in nearly every athletic activity offered where he excelled in track and field, basketball, lacrosse, and wrestling. By the beginning of his junior year, Jamie had achieved a far higher level of academic performance. It was at the end of his junior year that he began the process for entry into Starfleet Academy.
In the summer of 2382, Jamie became a member of Starfleet Academy class of 2386. For those fellow cadets and faculty members that knew of him, it was strongly believed for some time that his father and his contacts on the Federation council were the reason Jamie was accepted to the Academy. While this has never been ascertained, these rumors played havoc on his freshman year. As during his earlier academic career, Jamie’s academic performance during his freshman year was considered average at best, though he continued to excess in Academy athletics. As with the rumors of his appointment to the Academy, rumors began surfacing that the only reason he had not been released from the Academy was because of his father and his friends within Starfleet. The combination of these rumors, his academic shortcomings, and his failure to create or maintain positive relationships with fellow cadets made his freshman year a living hell. Half way through the year, Jamie had made the decision to drop out of the Academy and the only reason he did not was due to his Father’s insistence. However, at the end of the academic year, he had no intent to continue. Within one week of completing his freshman year, Jamie officially withdrew from Starfleet Academy.
There is no doubt that Jamie’s father’s contacts were responsible for his sudden return to the Academy at the start of his sophomore year. Jamie does not deny the involvement and the favor his father called in to return him to the Academy. Something happened in the brief period between his freshman and sophomore year that improved his drive and desire to graduate from the Academy. By the end of his sophomore year, his academic performance rose to the level of his athletic performance. It seemed as if he had put the living hell he called his freshman year behind him. Despite his rocky first year, whatever happened during his break from the Academy seemed to affect him positively. He became part of a small group of friends that have lasted to this day and became the socially outgoing person he once was. Despite the drastic improvement in academic performance, Jamie graduated 45th in his class in 2386. However, his drive and above average performance continued into his attendance at the advanced tactical training course.