A year ago, 17-year-old Jordan Zahora was recovering from a serious head injury.
At the end of July, the Bishop Fenwick High School senior boarded a plane on a her way to take part in the Economics for Leaders program at Brown University in Providence, R.I.
Only 40 students from around the nation were selected for the Foundation for Teaching Economics program.
Amy Zahora could not be prouder of her daughter.
“She’s gone through so much and she overcame everything,” the Miamsburg resident said of her daughter. “She’s just a good, determined kid.”
Jordan suffered a skull fracture and concussion during a July 4, 2017, car crash, her mother said.
The two-car crash happened after the Centerville-Washington Twp. Americana Festival.
Despite daily headaches for nearly a year, Amy Zahora said her daughter studied hard and earned her nearly 4.3 grade-point average.
“She’s a tough kid. She’s a good kid,” Amy Zahora said.
Jordan Zahora stopped playing volleyball due to the accident, but now is involved in bowling and tennis at Fenwick, a Catholic school in Middletown.
She is president of her school’s Spanish National Honor Society and is a member of the National Honor Society and Kairos youth ministry.
Amy Zahora said Fenwick encouraged Jordan to apply for the Economics for Leaders program and is supporting her trip.
“It’s just going to be a really good learning experience for her,” she said. “To be at Brown University — that is an experience all in itself. But it is also teaching her to be a leader.”
During the weeklong Economics for Leaders program, students are exposed to economic reasoning principles and given strategies to employ these concepts.
From a press release:
“Additionally, participants achieve a heightened awareness of the impact of their decisions have on others and the responsibility that awareness imposes. Economics for Leaders is an unparalleled learning and growing opportunity. Students who have attended Economics for Leaders programs in prior years have called it ‘the experience of a lifetime.’”