Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

Youth

May 27, 2014

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Jordan Brown points out, “High school has been a great experience, one that has helped change and shape me into who I am today. East Central is a great school, one I am proud to have attended.”

The West Harrison resident counts “my team winning the sectional 4-by-800 meter event sophomore year and the senior year cross country banquet” as his fondest memories of high school.

He says teacher Glen Barker was very influential because he “taught me to learn independently and to teach myself.”

How I describe myself: Ambitious, perfectionist, passionate, diligent and creative

My family: Parents Sharon Brown and James Brown, brother Jason Brown

Favorite classes: Advanced placement calculus AB and BC and AP physics C: mechanics

Extracurriculars: Volunteering with the Clearinghouse Food and Clothing Pantry, Academic Team, Student Council, Trojan Orientation Program mentor, Junior Statesmen of America, Boys State, French Club, National Honor Society

Best school activities: Cross country and track. I love competition.

Words of wisdom for high school freshmen: Those who put forward the minimal amount of effort and only strive to get by will eventually be rewarded with an unpleasant job and a discontented existence, but those who seek to be truly extraordinary and devote their time and effort toward their ambitions will be recompensed with a truly wonderful life.

Postsecondary awards: Purdue Presidential Scholarship, Cornelius O’Brian Scholarship, numerous other grants

The path to my future: I will attend Princeton University, where I will major in mechanical and aerospace engineering. As of right now, I am unsure of my plans after college. At some point, I plan to return to graduate school, though where and for what I do not know. These goals will be shaped as I progress through college.

Why I chose my major: Growing up I had a passion for designing and building all sorts of creations, and I later developed a strong interest in mathematics and science. Engineering is the culmination of all of these passions into one major and field.

Issue that concerns me: Americans as a whole are becoming increasingly apathetic. Not only do people not care about helping the unfortunate, but they also are completely unwilling to devote almost any amount of their time or effort toward accomplishing anything worthwhile. America is slowly becoming mediocre, where it once was extraordinary.

Work experience: I have a part-time job making pizzas at LaRosa’s.

Hobbies: Ultimate Frisbee, reading, running

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