Throughout her academic life, Jordan Wieneke has been carrying on a family tradition of helping others, and her school has officially recognized her for it.
The daughter of a Downriver police officer and a University of Michigan flight nurse who spends her days working aboard a helicopter, she recently capped off her senior year with an Outstanding Service Award from Riverview Community High School.
“Service has been around me my whole life,” Wieneke said. “Throughout the years, I’ve always taken any chance I got to help teachers and staff with underclassmen. I wanted to use my abilities to help out younger students with the classroom experience.”
She also served as a captain on the RCHS volleyball team, and used the opportunity to help her teammates academically.
“Any chance I got to help those in need, I was ready to step in and do that for them,” Wieneke said.
Along with some of her volleyball teammates, she also helped run a weekend camp for middle schoolers.
“I like to take middle schoolers and teach them the things I do best,” she said.
She’s also sold raffle tickets at a golf outing and volunteered through her school, where she’s done service projects as a member of the National Honor Society and sold raffle tickets at a high school basketball game. She readily admits the latter was kind of fun, as the tickets she sold were mostly to her classmates.
Before high school, Wieneke and her sister, Maddie, a freshman at RCHS, attended school at Christ the King Lutheran in Southgate. There they worked in the church nursery, did Christmas decorating and cleaned up pews after services.
“We’ve been volunteering as long as we can remember in and outside the church,” Wieneke said. “Seeing what other people have to go through makes you realize that sometimes things aren’t as bad for you as you’re making them out to be.”
Along the way, she’s managed to earn a 4.2 high school grade-point average.
“I’m very proud of that,” Wieneke said.
While she credits both parents with setting fine examples of service, her mom has influenced her post graduation plans.
“The way she reaches out to people and helps them intrigues me and makes me want to help, and make even their worst day a little bit better,” she said.
So this fall, Wieneke will enter Concordia University’s nursing program, where she will put $500 scholarships from a local law office and the RCHS Social Studies Department to good use.
Like seniors across the country, Wieneke has had to deal with a final year cut short by a worldwide health crisis. While she’s accepted most of the changes resulting from that, she wishes she could do at least one “normal” thing.
“I would want to walk across the stage and accept that diploma I’ve been working on for almost 13 years,” she said.