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5/30/2019 2:42:00 PM
Jordan Grimes Among Best At Lincoln Charter
One of the school's top grads, she'll soon be at Liberty University
(Top) Jordan Grimes (center) is joined by some of her friends and fellow graduates at the Lincolnton Campus of Lincoln Charter School.
(Bottom) Grimes shows off her diploma.(Photos Courtesy Jordan Grimes)

(Top) Jordan Grimes (center) is joined
by some of her friends and fellow
graduates at the Lincolnton Campus
of Lincoln Charter School.

(Bottom) Grimes shows off her diploma.

(Photos Courtesy Jordan Grimes)

Thomas Lark
Staff Writer

LINCOLNTON, N.C.––Jordan Grimes has a bright future ahead of her.

Among the top graduates at the Lincolnton Campus of Lincoln Charter School, Grimes told The Herald more about herself Monday. She enjoyed a full plate of academic excellence and extra-curricular activities at LCS, and she’ll soon be off to Liberty University.

“I was born and raised in Cherryville,” she said. “I went to school in Cherryville until the eighth grade, when I decided that Lincoln Charter was a better fit. It was definitely a challenge, but it was worth every minute of it.”

Grimes cited the importance of her family, including her parents, Jason and April Grimes, as critical to her school success.

“My amazing parents,” she said, “have been my biggest supporters throughout school, always pushing me to do my best. Luckily for me, I have a big family to push me, no matter what I do. I have an older sister, Alexis, and a younger sister, Katie, as well as a baby brother.”

Miss Grimes also spoke about her classes and her last two years at LCS.

“During my time at Lincoln Charter, I cannot help but say that any class with Mr. Smith––though we just called him Ryan––was my favorite,” she said. “AP (advanced-placement) United States history was definitely a challenge. But Mr. Smith made it interesting and always took time to befriend us rather than only teaching. I will certainly miss his ‘motivational Mondays.’

“During my junior and senior years,” she continued, “I spent much of my time working on the student leadership team: a team that co-ordinates the majority of student events at the school. As this is a K-12 campus, it is a lot more work than one would expect. Though I assisted with all of the events, I primarily worked to host the ‘Pink-Out’ event, which helped to raise money for breast cancer awareness and donated to a local organization. When not helping with this, I spent countless hours doing my on-line college courses so that I could transfer to a university as a junior. In addition to this, I work a part time job at Ingle’s, and I tutored after school.”

Grimes talked about Lincoln Charter’s leadership trip to Charleston.

This was, she said, “certainly one of the most memorable experiences. It allowed us to become closer to one another, as well as to the staff. We spent hours planning events for the upcoming year, but we certainly enjoyed our time there as well.

“In addition to this,” she added, “I will always remember the senior cook-out that occurred during the last weeks of school. Rather than worrying about the stress of school, we were allowed to focus on genuinely enjoying our time together and preparing to say our final goodbyes.”

And next month, the wider world will open up for Grimes, starting in Lynchburg, Va.

“I will be majoring in social work at Liberty University, beginning in late June,” she said. “I will be transferring in as a junior, so I will be graduating in the spring of 2021. I must admit, transferring to a university as an upperclassman is one of my biggest accomplishments.

“I hope to get a job with a social services agency and work in child protective services, helping ensure that all children are in safe homes and have the best environment possible,” she added. “I have always had a spot in my heart for foster care and adoption, and I would love to do something related to that as well. Of course, I will probably narrow down my preferred work-place environment as I progress through school. But I certainly know what my passion is.”

And Grimes extolled her fellow graduates.

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"The class of 2019 is certainly one to remember,” she said. “Despite our small class size, we make sure that our voices are always heard, even if not everyone wants to listen. We take things seriously. But we know that our happiness is a priority, and we do not have to make everyone happy. These things may seem insignificant. But I feel as if it will allow us to be more successful and happier in our future endeavors.

“To the class of 2020 and beyond, I wish to tell you that your future is often paved by the choices you make in high school,” she added. “Have fun, but ensure that you are not jeopardizing your health, your future or others when you choose to do something. High school will be over before you know it, and then you must face the real world. Be sure you’re ready and know the difference between right and wrong. As hard as it seems at times, always try to be the nice person who is always willing to help. Life is hard. But it’s a lot easier if someone is there to support you and encourage you to be your best. Surround yourself with supportive people, but make sure that you are one as well.”

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