Meet Jordan Walendom '19

Though he attended 8th grade in the Ivory Coast, Jordan Walendom and his family moved around quite a bit while he was growing up.  So much so that it's hard to pin down where “home” is for him. In fact, he wrote a college essay about why he considers Saint James to be his home.

Jordan feels the biggest growth he’s made personally is how he talks to people.

“I know being here has made all the difference for me socially, just to be able to talk to people and especially building relationships with adults,” he said. “Prior to this it was strictly if you were an adult you were either a teacher or someone I respected too much to have a conversation with, and Saint James has completely flipped that ideology for me.”

Jordan served as Senior Prefect this year, a role he never could have imagined himself in when he arrived at Saint James.  He found it to be mentally taxing but an excellent learning opportunity.

“It was hard never having concrete validation of whether you’re doing a good job or doing the right thing, and having to trust yourself that whatever you’re doing is working or see evidence that it’s not and try to change it,” he said.

Jordan was a member of the varsity tennis team and varsity soccer team, where he earned First Team All-County honors.  He was also a member of the Saint James Chapel Choir, something he said was a spontaneous decision the summer before he started.

“I never thought I’d sing in a choir for a ridiculous amount of hours per week for four years, but it’s become an integral part of my life here,” he said.

Jordan said he will miss the sense of community.

“The fact that within my high school experience I was able to be neighbors with my best friends was incredibly rewarding,” he said. “I cherish the fact that I had that.”

Jordan will attend Brown University, where he plans to study computer science.  

At Commencement, Jordan received the Bishop's Prize, by tradition the School's highest prize and greatest honor. It is awarded to a member of the Sixth Form who has contributed the most to the long-range, long-term welfare of the School, either by accomplishment or by personal example.

Jordan had important words to share for new students.

“Don’t feel the need for everything to come at once. High school is a process. I remember my third form year looking at sixth formers and being in complete awe and veneration of them not really understanding how one gets there,” he said. “But it’s a four-year process and you don’t need to be everything you think you want to be in your third form year before life does its job.”

Class of 2019 Matriculation

The 54 members of the Class of 2019 were accepted to 173 colleges and universities and will matriculate to 48 institutions in 18 states, the District of Columbia, Canada and the United Kingdom. The college guidance office strives to find the best fit college for each student, as evidenced by the fact that 83% of this year's graduates will be the only one from their class to attend their chosen college or university.

Allegheny College

American University

Boston College

Boston University

Brown University

Colgate University

Davidson College

Delaware Tech

Drexel University

Elon University

Ferrum College

Georgetown University

Georgia Institute of Technology

Gettysburg College

Hampton University

Haverford College

James Madison University

Louisiana State University

Michigan State University

Mount Allison University

New York University

Newberry College

Palm Beach Atlantic University

Pennsylvania State University, Altoona

Randolph-Macon College

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Rochester Institute of Technology

Savannah College of Art and Design

St. John Fisher College

St. Mary’s College of Maryland

Towson University

University of Alabama

University of Calgary

University of California, Irvine

University of California, Los Angeles

University of Detriot, Mercy

University of Maryland, College Park

University of Miami

University of Michigan

University of Pittsburgh

University of Portland

University of St. Andrews (Scotland)

University of Southern California

Washington and Lee University

Washington University in St. Louis

Wellesley College

West Virginia University

Wilson College

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