This is part of a series of articles featuring local graduates and commencement ceremonies.
• What: Lakeview High School’s commencement.
• When: 1 p.m. Sunday.
• Where: Lakeview High School
LAKEVIEW — Jordan Rosset is what the University of Michigan (U-M) designates as a High Achieving Involved Leader (HAIL).
In the fall, she will be attending the University of Michigan’s nursing program thanks to the HAIL scholarship, which will cover four years of her tuition fees. All she had to do was apply for admission and be accepted.
The scholarship is part of a new outreach program that’s set to target low-income but high-achieving students. Jordan is definitely high-achieving.
She is the salutatorian of her graduating class at Lakeview high school, which means that she’s the second highest ranked in her class. She will graduate with a nearly perfect GPA of 3.96.
“She’s a fantastic student and works hard in a classroom,” Lakeview High School Principal Tom Wilcox said. “She always says hi and she’s very pleasant.”
Jordan has played in the Lakeview marching band throughout her entire high school career and even before that. She plays the alto saxophone and has been a part of Division 1 wins on the district level and state level with solo and ensemble.
“I’ve been the section leader for two years now,” she said. “I hear great things about what I’ve done with them and I work with mainly with another girl who’s going with me to Michigan.”
That other girl is her close friend and fellow graduate Camie Cooper.
Both Jordan and Camie were awarded the John Philip Sousa Award, which is the highest honor a student in a high school band can achieve. Typically, only one student is awarded this honor each year, but “the band director couldn’t decide so we both got it,” she said.
Jordan was born and raised in Lakeview, so the thought of going on to such a major university for her college education has been a bit intimidating.
“I know it’s a change I need to make. I’ve never really been outside of Lakeview. I’ve never lived outside of Lakeview,” she said. “I know there’s much more to the world than this little area. I think I’m ready to experience that.”
Throughout her life, Jordan knew she wanted to go into the medical field. As she grew up, that interest developed into a fully fledged desire to go into the field of nursing. She was originally planning to go to Grand Valley State University. That was before she received something in the mail that would change her life.
“They said basically if I applied and get accepted, I was going to go there for four years tuition free,” she said. “I wasn’t sure I was going to get in. I wondered very much after that if all my work through high school was going to be good enough.”
It turned out that all of the hard work and dedication Jordan put in with a positive attitude earned her acceptance to U-M.
Jordan’s positive attitude and hard work ethic have brought her through adversity in her life. Her commitment to her future brought her to her goals despite personal hardship, such as having to deal with seeing her mother go to prison for two years.
“It changed my life entirely. I went from life as I knew it with my parents who had just gotten divorced,” she said. “I was just getting used to the back and forth and the my mom was gone. It was totally different.”
Despite that difficulty, Jordan kept her eyes on the prize and kept moving forward on the right track.
“That’s all you really can do is accommodate yourself and adjust. Things change and that’s how it is,” she said, with a smile on her face. “That’s life.”
Not only did Jordan work to keep herself on track for her future, but she worked to help keep her 16-year-old sister, Kelsee, on track and cared for.
“(She) had to kind of grow up really fast. She stepped up. She never let her grades slip. She worked hard. She took care of her little sister,” said Jordan’s mom, Stacy Rosset. “She really had to grow up and I’m just so proud of her for being able to do that and still working so hard to make sure that she succeeds.”
Jordan said that she wouldn’t have been able to get through it all without the help of her family and the community, saying that she couldn’t ever thank the people in the community for lending nothing but support.
Along with her classes for nursing, Jordan plans to audition for the U-M marching band to pursue music throughout her college career. She is looking forward to traveling with the football team and performing in front of thousands of people.
Looking back, she said she’s proud of how far she’s come and for overcoming adversity.
“I would say to anybody who’s trying really hard to get through life or who have been through things, it’s worth it to keep going,” she said. “That’s all you can do, really.”