Janice Elizabeth Boozer, 17, a senior at John F. Kennedy High School in Silver Spring and a life-long resident of the Washington area, died Thursday at Montgomery General Hospital in Olney. She had a respiratory ailment.

The Maryland State medical examiner's office said determination of the precise cause of death was pending completion of tests.

Miss Boozer, who was born in Washington, completed her junior year at Kennedy in the spring. She was a member of the school's Booster Club and its girls varsity soccer team. She was scheduled to attend a special arts program this summer at the Einstein Visual Arts Center at Einstein High in Kensington. Her other interests included playing the guitar, reading and swimming.

A native of Washington, Miss Boozer attended the Moten and Horace Mann elementary schools in the city. After her family moved to Prince George's County, she attended Cooper Lane Elementary School and joined the Girl Scouts. In Silver Spring, she attended Argyle Junior High, where she played the violin in the school orchestra and earned a letter in gymnastics.

Survivors include her parents, Russell and Jacqueline Boozer of Silver Spring; two grandmothers, Lossie M. Brown of Washington and Elizabeth Farsh of Capitol Heights; one grandfather, Isadore Robinson, of Iowa, and two great-grandparents, Julia and Mason Robinson, of Bluefield, W. Va.