Vail Daily column: Selfless student gives back to community
June 8, 2016
When is enough simply enough? Traditionally, this phrase has negative connotations and refers to monetary items as eccentric homes, personal possessions, fancy automobiles and general materialistic goods. But, it can also be applicable when gauging a person's work ethic or dedication to their academic pursuits. The terms overachiever, workaholic or go-getter are often used. In Eagle County, we have many high school students who fit this stereotype. Jordan Brandt, a recent graduate of Battle Mountain High School, is no exception. This young woman is an overachiever and go-getter in all the best ways.
Brandt managed to transition from the classroom to the volleyball court to her student council seat with ease. Academically, she performed at the top of her class, earning a 4.2 grade-point average while comfortably securing herself in the top 10 percent of the graduating class. This was while taking a rigorous course load consisting of Advanced Placement classes and Colorado Mountain College dual enrollment courses. She served the position of student body president for four consecutive years. At this year's graduation ceremonies, this National Honor Society member received the Outstanding Female Senior Service Award. A humble and modest soul, she fills her free time by coaching young aspiring volleyball athletes. As a member of Battle Mountain High School's LINK crew, she ensured that all incoming freshman students felt welcome and appreciated upon transitioning into high school. An exceptional athlete, she was selected to the volleyball All-League First Team for two years and the All-State Team in 2015. As a varsity track runner, she also earned All-League Honorable Mention recognition.
"Jordan embodies what it means to be a strong leader by modeling to her peers community dedication, compassion, creativity and passion," said Battle Mountain teacher Kimberly (Sage) Nelson. "I have no doubt that Jordan will continue this excellence in college."
Brandt has played a critical role in Eagle River Youth Coalition's Youth Leadership Council. These students represent all six local high schools and advise police authorities, principals, school counselors and small businesses on community-wide youth concerns.
"I think it is important to take time to think of others; rather than yourself," Brandt said. "I hope others get the same urge to be selfless and help our community. It is addictive and rewarding."
This fall, Jordan will attend Ohio Wesleyan University on an academic scholarship. She will compete on the university's volleyball and track teams. She plans to focus her studies on biology and education with the intent of pursuing a teaching degree. I can't think of a more caring, intelligent and compassionate person to mentor future generations.
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Jason Peck is the program director at the Eagle River Youth Coalition. The Youth Leaders Council is a program of the Eagle River Youth Coalition, a local nonprofit organization that offers collaborative prevention programs and services to tackle three main areas that affect the development of teens and adolescent youth including: substance abuse prevention, educational success, emotional wellness and mental health promotion. In addition to Youth Leaders Council, Eagle River Youth Coalition offers various levels of parenting education and trainings for community members. For more information, call 970-949-9250 or visit http://www.eagleyouth.org.
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