Eastlake junior among select company with Seafair Foundation
June 14, 2014
By Neil Pierson
New: June 14, 2:16 p.m.
Jordan Lim has been giving back to her community for many years, and her generosity was rewarded in February when she was chosen as a Seafair Ambassador.
Lim, a junior at Eastlake High School, said she has been “volunteering for as long as I can remember.” In recent years, she founded a homeless outreach project at Inglewood Middle School, and she’s gotten heavily involved with Heroes for the Homeless, a nonprofit group that relies exclusively on volunteers to reach homeless people living in the most inhospitable and inaccessible locations.
At Eastlake, Lim works with a variety of groups, including the Associated Student Body leadership and the DECA business and marketing club.
Through DECA, she learned about the opportunity to become an ambassador with the Seafair Foundation.
“It included so many things,” she said. “It included a scholarship and a mentorship from a professional in a field that I wanted to go in, as well as a trip to Japan as a Seattle delegate.”
The Seafair Foundation named 10 high-school sophomores and juniors as ambassadors. Joining Lim are Breanna Beckman (Kamiak), Min Choi (Olympia), Emma Hart (Mount Rainier), Brandon Pel (Lynnwood), Henry Pratt (Issaquah), Madison Thomas (Holy Names), Madison Tollner (Seattle Prep), and Allen Lunde and Eugene Oh (Thomas Jefferson).
While the ambassadors have only met a few times since February, they’re about to become close friends, as Lim put it. Seafair festivities kick off June 15, and Lim said the group will be participating in a wide range of activities, including the Rock ‘N’ Roll Seattle marathon, building a boat for the milk carton race, and leading the July 26 Torchlight Parade.
Lim said she didn’t have to step outside her comfort zone in the ambassadorship application process. Her essay question was, “What is volunteerism?”
“That’s right up my alley,” she said. “I guess it really spoke to me because it was so relatable. It was so natural for me to talk about what volunteering meant to me, because it’s such a huge part of my life.”
Lim has another year to firm up her college plans, but she’s considering an international business and communications double major.
She’ll get help with her career and education goals since the Seafair Foundation provides ambassadors at least four meetings with a professional mentor.
Lim is already a seasoned traveler, having gone to England and her family’s native Thailand, among other places. In October, the ambassadors will go to Kobe – Seattle’s sister city in Japan – to sightsee and meet with community leaders.
“Basically I stay with a host family, I’m immersed in their culture, but I also get to learn a little bit about the relationship between Seattle and Japan,” Lim explained.
“Because this program builds close relationships, it is common for students and their host families to stay in contact for years,” the Seafair Foundation website states.
Lim’s parents, Albert and Pam, have been her biggest influences in developing a “worldly perspective,” she said.
“I’ve been raised where I’ve been able to see a lot of the world,” she said. “… I think that world culture is very important – it’s one of the most important aspects of education that someone can get.”
Lim also credits Don Bartel, Eastlake’s leadership teacher and head football coach, for providing encouragement in her daily school life.
“He’s a good guy, and he’s very good at not only taking care of business …. but also tying it back to why we’re doing it,” Lim said. “That whole idea of ‘Wolf Strong, Pack Strong’ that he’s brought to the school this year has really inspired me not only within the school, but throughout the Seattle community.”