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Senior Spotlight: Jorda leaves behind busy DHS legacy

Mariah Jorda is graduating from Dickinson High School on Sunday with a resume filled with honors and achievements.

In addition to being named class valedictorian, Jorda was elected as student body president and the 2013 homecoming queen.

“It definitely takes self-motivation,” she said. “How I manage is that I usually don’t sleep. But it’s really important to make time for friends and take a break for summer.”

Jorda’s favorite sports are tennis and volleyball. She was co-captain of the tennis team during her junior and senior years.

Jorda appreciates the importance of government after having served on Student Council.

“We can voice our opinions to administrators and it’s important to get students’ opinions so that we can reach agreements.”

She was an active member of the National Honor Society.

“Once you are selected, you act as a role model and we volunteer in the community,” she said.

Jordan said she had fun being a part of the BEST Robotics team. She focused on the marketing, notebook and exhibit portion of the competition. Her team claimed first place in the Blue Hawk BEST competition last year.

Her interest in academics was demonstrated through Math Club, the Academic Club and Science Club. All of those clubs have won multiple regional and state awards.

A highlight of her high school days was attending North Dakota Governor’s School, a six-week summer program at North Dakota State University. Her research project there was related to microcapsules that inhibit rust.

As if high school didn’t keep her busy enough, Jorda made time to play piano for her church, and volunteered as a Best Friends mentor, for RSVP+, and Dickinson Parks and Recreation.

“Best Friends has been very rewarding and I enjoyed it a lot,” she said.

Jorda credits her drive to succeed to the influence of her parents, Tom and Arlys Jorda.

“My parents have always been there to support me,” she said.

Graduation will be a bittersweet experience for Jorda.

“It’s been a very busy year and I’ve really enjoyed high school,” she said. “It will be tough leaving all the good memories I’ve made with teachers and my classmates.”

Her immediate goal is to join her family for a trip to Disney World.

This fall, she plans to enroll at the University of North Dakota and major in biology. Her goal is to become an oncologist or pursue medical research.