I’m not great with geography, but according to Google, Charlotte, North Carolina to Bowling Green, Kentucky is about 435 miles. To me, a seven hour drive (s/o to Google again) sounds nauseating. Yet for Jordan Summerfield, these miles were the only thing standing in her way of becoming a college cheerleader for an awesome D1 university – something she’s dreamt about since she was a little girl.
The Miss COED 2017 semifinalist and her mom packed up and made the big move together, and now Jordan is a freshman at Western Kentucky University and part of the WKU cheerleading team. She’s also super grateful to have such a supportive mother, and I can’t say I blame her. She sounds like a fab lady.
Get to know more about Jordan below, and be sure to check back daily as we get to know each of our semifinalists a bit better.
Who do you look up to the most and why?
As most young women do, I look up to my Mom most. She has been my biggest supporter in life and she is the number one person who has always been there for me. She has helped me follow my dream of becoming a college cheerleader by picking up our lives and moving hours away. I admire her strength and passion. She always puts others before herself and someday I hope to be just like her.
What is your favorite moment at school?
My favorite memorable moment so far in college would have to be the previous football game we just had. Growing up, I’ve never necessarily cheered for the winning football team. Now that I am at Western Kentucky University, that completely changed. This past weekend, our football team played in the C-USA Conference Championship game. They won in 2015 so this was the year to defend the title. This was by far my favorite moment. Football is my favorite time of year, the stadium was packed to cheer on the Hilltoppers, and I was shown on ESPN. Not only did all of that happen, but the Tops won their second consecutive title as C-USA Conference Champions. My favorite part about the game was that once the scoreboard was down to two minutes and we were up by two touchdowns and everyone knew it was over, all of the students at the game got ready to rush the field. It was the most exciting, breathtaking moment when everyone rushed the field and we all got to celebrate on the 50-yard line with the traditional cheer. T-O-P-S TOPS TOPS TOPS!
What is your favorite school tradition?
My favorite school tradition would be the waving of our Red Towels. This is a WKU unique tradition that originated with E.A Diddle who was one of the most successful coaches in collegiate basketball history and who our arena is named after. At all basketball games, Diddle always had a red towel. He chewed on it, cried on it, threw it, used it to signal his players during the game and he waved it at fans. Everyone caught on and now the waving of the red towel while cheering for Big Red is the most popular tradition here at the best University.
If you could travel anywhere in the world for Spring Break, where would you go?
If I could travel anywhere, I would want to take a cruise to the Bahamas. I have been there three times but I was very young. Ive never been on a cruise and I would love to experience this with my best friends. The Bahamas is my favorite place in the world and I would love to get a taste of it now that I am older.
Aside from being a college cheerleader at a Division 1 university, Jordan is a also a sister in Kappa Delta. Since joining the sorority, she has become super passionate about Confidence Coalition, an organization that encourages women to stand up to peer pressure, bullying, and stereotypes.
Being a part of Kappa Delta, we aim to make a difference in our communities. Our considerations extend far beyond our circle of friendship and we care a lot about those who are not Kappa Deltas. We are a women’s organization who aims to impact the lives of women. In 2009, Kappa Delta created the Confidence Coalition that encourages women to stand up to peer pressure, bullying, stereotypes and more. This gave women the opportunity to reach their full potential.
We participate in an awareness campaign called “You Make Me Smile.” During this activity, we blow up balloons and write positive notes on them such as, “Love yourself,” “Be Confident,” and “You’re BE-YOU-TIFUL,” along with several other positive notes. We stand in the middle of campus and hand out these balloons to those not in Kappa Delta just to give them a remember that they are great the way they are. I love this because you never know what someone is going through, and receiving a confidence message can change a person’s day. I love handing out the balloons and seeing girl’s faces instantly light up. It’s such a beautiful event to help install confidence in others and feel a great sense of self-gratitude while participating.