Student Athlete of the Week: Jordan Chapman, Louisa

By: Lindsay Joy Email
By: Lindsay Joy Email

Louisa senior Jordan Chapman is captain of the Lions sideline and competition cheerleading teams and pole vaults with the indoor track team. When she's not hitting the gym, Chapman is usually hitting the books and helping maintain her 4.69 grade-point-average, which is first in her class at Louisa.

"I really like being number one in the class, not only because it shows I've studied hard and gotten good grades, but also because as an athlete it shows that through all my practice and stuff I've still be able to do good in school," says Chapman.

"She's very humble about what she has," adds Louisa cheer coach Connie Meeks. "She's not one to brag or boast, but she has what she has because she's worked hard for it. Other kids see that and feel that they can do just the same if they put forth the effort that she's put forth."

Chapman started both cheerleading and gymnastics when she was little.

"My coach say if I wanted to get anywhere in cheerleading I had to do gymnastics, because cheerleading is all about tumbling and stunting and strength," she explains.

Meeks remembers the first time she meet Chapman years ago. "She was just coming in, trying out for the middle school team and I honestly wanted to take her to varsity the day that I met her, because she's an amazing cheerleader and tumbler."

It didn't take long for Chapman to work her way up to varsity sideline and competition cheer, and she was captain of the team as a senior.

"She goes out there and gives it her all every minute, whether on the sideline cheering for our football team or whether she's on the competition mat," said Meeks. "There's never a moment where she's going at something halfway. She does everything all-out the entire time."

Chapman also goes all-out in school. Even with a busy schedule and a tough slate of classes, she's never gotten a B grade in her life. Along with her 4.69 GPA, she is president of Louisa's National Honor Society and a student in the Blue Ridge Virtual Governor's school.

As much as she enjoys getting straight-As, Chapman also enjoys the response she gets when people find out about her academic and extracurricular achievements.

"Everyone generally tends to assume that the blonde cheerleader is the stupid one, or stupid blonde, but I am glad I'm breaking that stereotype."

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