Illinois State University

Hometown: Olympia Fields

“It is truly magical to see the excitement in Jordan’s face when he gets the opportunity to share his appreciation and his gathered tidbits of information regarding an animal, a plant, or a place. He is a plant whisperer and a vault of ecological facts.

“On top of this, Jordan may be one of the kindest people on this planet. Perhaps this ability to always see the positive also stems from his love and appreciation of nature. He goes out of his way when he senses that someone is unhappy and he freely gives his time to those who appear to be in need.

“The amazing conservationist John Muir once said, ‘The mountains are calling and I must go.’ We cannot wait to see where Jordan is being called. Great things await him there, no doubt.”

— Upper School science teacher Jeanne Pagliaro