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Gemelas named High Desert Hero

by: Submitted Photo - Jordan Gemelas


   Jordan Gemelas has been selected as the January High Desert Hero, the Center Foundation in Bend has announced. Jordan is a senior at Madras High School.
   Jordan's nominator wrote that he is a truly outstanding student, individual, and community member.
   He has a large range of extracurricular activities including: being the National Honor Society president, varsity water polo, varsity swim team, Jefferson County Cultural Coalition Board cochairman, Relay For Life team captain, trumpet player in band, and varsity tennis. He has been captain of both the water polo and swimming teams.
   Jordan has participated in numerous volunteer efforts including: student columnist for The Bulletin, Link Crew member, Madras United Methodist Church pianist, Madras Aquatic Center Bash volunteer, and the Center Foundation free sports physicals.
   Jordan balances his extracurricular activities, volunteer efforts, and a part time job while maintaining a 4.10 gpa.
   Each month TCF accepts nominations for outstanding high school seniors who maintain a 3.5 or higher gpa, who display leadership in school activities, and who participate in recognizable community volunteer efforts.
   The TCF Board reviews the nominations and selects a student to receive the monthly honor.
   High Desert Heroes receive a $250 scholarship sponsored by BigFoot Beverages (Pepsi), a $25 gift certificate, and a medallion presented by Kristi Miller.
   Jordan will be highlighted on the Horizon Broadcasting Group radio stations, and with Kristi Miller on My Window. High Desert Heroes are eligible to compete for the prestigious William K. Worrell Scholarship of $5,000.
   All High Desert Heroes will be acknowledged at the May 9 Scholarship Dinner.