A Kentlake senior has gone above and beyond as a high school student and will continue to achieve greatness at Stanford University next fall.
Jordan Fong has placed first in all three of the track events that she competes in — javelin, discus and shot put — and is ASB president for her school, is a Girl Scout and also does community service, leaving her with almost no free time.
Jordan said she has been competing in track since she was in fourth grade. Once she got to high school she dropped the running events and stuck with throwing events. She said once she started to focus on throwing she began to improve and become very skilled.
With very little time to do anything, Jordan said she started to understand how to manage her time well at a young age.
“I have learned to manage my time. I normally juggle a really tight schedule, so I’m going from one event to the next all the time. I’ve done that since I was probably in like sixth grade, so I’ve learned to time manage and all that stuff, but it does take a lot of work. I mean I stay up late and do my homework, but in school I spend a lot of time in class and I have to focus, I can’t like slake off,” she said.
Jordan said she likes having a tight schedule because it keeps her on her toes, making it nearly impossible for her to procrastinate anything she does.
To keep up with her skills in track, Jordan said she practices about three hours every week day and then does “Hammer practice” every Sunday. Jordan said “High School Hammer” is basically a club sport for teens.
She said she practices so much because she doesn’t want to lose focus.
“Like it’s such a technical event you have to be focused and drill everything everyday just so you don’t lose focus or lose the technique,” Jordan said.
With track and field taking up most of her life, Jordan said her favorite thing about the sport is that it’s both an individual sport and team sport.
“So it’s not like you train alone you get to train with people, but you compete against yourself,” she said.
Looking back at her time, Jordan said she wishes she had more free time her senior year to spend with her friends and family, since she is leaving for college this coming fall.
Jordan decided to go to Stanford with a track and field scholarship that pays for 75 percent of her schooling.
“I’m really excited, but I’m also a little nervous. I mean I don’t know anybody going to school from around here that I have grown up with, so it’s definitely going to be a learning curve, but I’m really excited just because it’s PAC 12 and my teammates have already been talking to me and the atmosphere there is so welcoming. It’s exciting to be on campus because when I got there I knew that was where I was going to live for the next four years,” Jordan said.
She decided to major in engineering during her time at Stanford. Jordan said she wants to major in engineering because her dad suggested it — he’s an engineer too — and he thought it would be a good fit for her. Jordan said she agreed because she is good at math and science.
Jordan said she wasn’t sure she would even get into Stanford, but is glad that she did.
“I picked a few schools last year when I was trying to do the recruiting process and I picked a few long-shot schools and then some that would be within range and Stanford was my long-shot, so I didn’t necessarily think I would be going there, but they contacted me in the fall and wanted me out for an official visit so doing that whole process and being on campus and being able to be with the team and just get a feel for everything that’s going on just fit with my personality and fit with my habits and stuff,” she said.