Jordan Chamness, valedictorian of BRHS Class of 2024

Thu, 06/06/2024 - 8:45am

Boothbay Region High School (BRHS) graduate Jordan Chamness has attained the top academic achievement for a high schooler. She is valedictorian for the 2024 class.

“I was so surprised to hear of the news. I was called into Principal (Tricia) Campbell’s office and told I was at the top of the class. I knew I was up there, but I had no idea I would be Valedictorian,” she said.

Ahead of graduation, Chamness has had difficulty getting through her valedictory address without breaking down in tears. “I’m proud of our class. We came into high school without a freshman year (due to COVID-19) and we’ve been great about making sure everyone felt respected, included and welcome. We’ve bonded. And we’ve set a good example for the next class.”

At BRHS, Chamness played basketball (grades 9 and 10) and lacrosse (grades 9, 10 and 11), before settling into soccer as her primary sport (grades 10, 11 and 12). She was nominated to the Maine Class D All-Stars soccer team. “I’ve jumped around a lot,” said Chamness. “I have explored many clubs, sports, and opportunities as time permitted over the years.” Chamness served on the student council for two years, participated in the Interact club for two years, and has received several teacher and book awards.

Her time at Bath Regional Career and Technical Center most influenced her future. After summer, she will attend Central Maine Community College with a focus on electromechanical technology. The Maine Community College System has awarded her an Embark Scholarship. “I’m thankful for Bath Tech – it is nice to branch out and network with students from other schools. It’s a refreshing change and prepares you very well with career skills and college advising.”

Prior to her senior year, Chamness was awarded a Rensselaer Medal, a merit-based scholarship for students who have distinguished themselves in math and science. Awarded by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the medal recognizes superlative academic achievement by students motivated toward careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). The medal is one of the oldest and most prestigious of its kind, with students from all over the world vying for one. This year, she has also been awarded the Martin Family Electricity Toolship, a Bob Blackman Scholarship For The Trades, and a Boothbay Region Rotary Trades Scholarship.

Chamness also holds a Jobs for Maine Graduates (JMG) Career Exploration Badge for having logged over 40 hours of meaningful work experience, with intentionally designed career exploration and academic reflection. Chamness is a member of the National Technical Honors Society, honoring students in technical education. She is also a West Scholarship recipient and a Worthington Scholar.

Chamness has had some powerful support along the way, noting teachers Matt Brewer and Mike Cherry have been particularly encouraging. “Mr. Cherry cares a lot, and we notice that, I mean we really notice how much he cares. My words to the community are ‘thank you.’ This community gives our school so many truly wonderful opportunities. I’ve felt ‘cheered on’ by everyone. I’m also excited for the future changes and investments coming to the school.”

Chamness will spend her summer working, dividing time between Orne’s Candy Store and JWM Electric. Her senior superlative is “Best Eyes,” and her favorite subjects are English and math. Beside her photo in the yearbook, she picked an inspirational quote from Walt Disney: “All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.”