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Jordan Maddaus

May 18, 2015


As an integral part of BSM soccer team, the staff of the Showplace Icon Movie Theater, the track team, RKVC, NHS, the justice club, and so many more activities, it’s a miracle Jordan Maddaus has any time for herself––let alone the other estimated thousands of people she’s helped through her lifetime of intense volunteering.

Part of her reason for joining and co-founding the justice club last year was because of Jordan’s commitment to helping other people. She wanted to be a part of a BSM club that brought important social is- sues into students’ everyday conversations.

Jordan’s call to social justice is made even more apparent in her dedication to helping out those in need. “Every summer I make a point to go on mission trips with my church. I think a lot of people don’t go out of their way to help others, so that’s something I’m proud of,” Jordan said.

However, Jordan doesn’t participate in just any type of volunteering, she tries to live by the “teach a man to fish” motto in her service work. “[My passion] is helping people but not just, ‘oh let’s make sandwiches to hand out to people.’ [My passion is] actually fixing it, not just putting a bandaid on the problem,” Jordan said.

One of Jordan’s most important high school experiences came from the girls’ soccer team. “I got to know the girls on the soccer team very well, and we won a lot. I liked the experience and it’s nice out that time of year, so people actually go to our games,” Jordan said.

For college, Jordan plans on attending Grinnell College, a small private college in Grinnell, Iowa, where she’ll either study English or medicine. “It’s really small and in Iowa. I’m not sure what I’m gonna study. I kind of want to be a doctor, but I really like English and writing. I’m playing soccer there, too. It’s a D3 school, so they can’t give you scholarships, but I got recruited by their coach,” Jordan said.

When asked what she’s looking for- ward to for college, Jordan replied that she’s looking forward to a greater sense of diversity and opportunity. “[BSM] isn’t always a safe or open a place to talk about certain things. I’m excited to be going to a college where any topic is fair game. [I’m looking forward to] not being judged for what you believe in and asking questions. So, just more diversity in every sense of the word.” Jordan said.

Jordan’s love for service and justice will continue to play a role in her life, “I’d like to do either the Peace Corps or Doctors Without Borders. [In the end] I’ll probably end up back here because I like Minneapolis a lot,” Jordan said.

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