The Story

Like any good enthusiast, Jen started young. Her first aquarium, acquired at the age of seven, housed a humble mix of guppies, barbs, tetras, then cichlids. As an adult, she discovered the much bigger world of fishkeeping via a most fateful encounter, a Craigslist ad she placed (titled: “Firemouth Cichlids–Bring Net and Bucket”) which introduced her to a former Army Lieutenant who opened her eyes to the world of local fish clubs, planted tanks, and full-fledged aquaphilia. Ever since her first GWAPA meeting, Jen has been a passionate aquarium hobbyist and a dedicated enthusiast.

Currently she keeps and breeds an eclectic assortment of fish, and actively competes in aquascaping competitions both live and digital. Jen has served on the board of GWAPA for many years, in addition to serving as an AGA Board Member. As an aquascaper, Jen is one of the most decorated in US live events, and since 2008 has won multiple awards in these competitions at Aquafest, Aquamania, the Big Fish Deal, and The Aquatic Experience. She has also competed in the IAPLC with a highest international ranking of #224.

Outside the tank, Jen holds a degree in Graphic Design and runs her creative business, Jen Will Design, from her home in Alexandria, VA, just outside Washington, DC. A former professional drag racer, her addiction to fast cars is shared by her husband, and proven by their collection of “toys”. Any time that’s left after working, volunteering, and ‘scaping goes into remodeling their mid-century home.

Eager to grow the hobby in the US, Jen enjoys travelling to clubs nationwide to give presentations, aquascaping demos, inspiration, and encouragement to future ‘scapers.

Credentials

Board Member, GWAPA (positions of Secretary, Vice President, President)

Board Member, The Aquatic Gardeners Association (AGA)

Awards

 

2013
Aquamania, Gaithersburg MD–Third Place, Nano Category; Third Place, Medium Category
AquaFest, Herndon VA–Winner, Iron Aquascaper; Third Place, Nano Category

2014
Aquamania, Gaithersburg MD–First and Second Place, Juried Category; First Place, People’s Choice Nano Category; First Place, People’s Choice Medium Category
The Aquatic Experience, Chicago IL–First Place, Nano Category; First Place, Large Category

2015
The Big Fish Deal, Gaithersburg MD–X
The Aquatic Experience, Chicago IL–First Place, Large Category

2016
The Big Fish Deal, Gaithersburg MD–Best In Show; People’s Choice; First Place, Medium Category
The Aquatic Experience, Chicago IL–People’s Choice, Large Category

2017
The Big Fish Deal, Gaithersburg MD–Best In Show; People’s Choice; First Place, Planted Aquarium; First Place, Medium Tank Category

2018
The Big Fish Deal, Gaithersburg MD–First Place, Medium Tank Category
The Aquatic Experience, Meadowlands NJ–Second Place, Large Category

2019
The Aquatic Experience, Meadowlands NJ–Second Place, Large Category

2010
Aquatic Gardeners Association Smaller Than 70L

2017
IAPLC Rank 224 of 2,056 worldwide

2018
IAPLC Rank 675 of 1,977 worldwide

2019
IAPLC Rank 334 of 1,867 worldwide