The first class of the James C. Jordan Scholars Leadership Institute met Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at West Des Moines City Hall. Seventeen high school juniors from eleven area high schools attended monthly meetings hosted by leaders from business, governance, agriculture, insurance, education, transportation and social justice. Lively conversations about the history of Central Iowa success and challenges for the future are always an important part of the Scholars’ interactions.
The 2015/2016 James C. Jordan Scholars are:
- Elliott Anderson Hoover High School
- Vivian Broderick Dowling High School
- Abigail Dowd Dowling High School
- Ryan Hummel Walnut Creek Campus
- Rachel Green WDM Valley High School
- Jordan Jenkins Lincoln High School
- Calla Lloyd Roosevelt High School
- Cesar Marfal North High School
- Linda Melara Lincoln High School
- Cheyann Neades North High School
- Haley Ness Johnston High School
- Noah LaVie East High School
- Libbie Skeffington East High School
- Nicholas Toulouse Roosevelt High School
- Allison Tow WDM Valley High School
- Colton Zimmerman Walnut Creek Campus
- Lal Zual Hoover High School
Graduation for the 2015/2016 class was held Wednesday, May 18 at the Raccoon River Park Lodge. Guest speaking Chris Diebel, Managing Director for LPCA Public Strategies, spoke on “Stoking the Millennial Fire.”
The 16 Scholars were recognized for their successes over the past 8 months, including contributions during meetings with area leaders, submissions on an on-line blog, and the writing of an essay in an attempt to demonstrate the lessons they learned.
All the Jordan Scholars were amazing young leaders, and received a shirt from Raygun with “I.O.W.A.: Incredible Overachievers With Attitude.” Four Scholars were recognized as recipients of a financial awards sponsored by the Jordan Family Foundation.
From L to R: Vivian Broderick, Ali Tow, Abigail Dowd, Noah LeVie.
The West Des Moines Historical Society extends special thanks to the sponsors of the inaugural James C. Jordan Leadership Institute.
The Jordan Foundation