King’s senior Jordan Burtt has been offered an appointment to the US Military Academy at West Point and it’s no wonder: Jordan is an outstanding student and leader at King’s. He is a captain on the football team, ASB Vice President, a Link Crew Leader and is on the National Honor Society Leadership Board. He also recently earned the National Football Foundation student/athlete of the year award for King and Island Counties and the US Army scholar/athlete award for football.
Jordan began attending King’s Schools in Kindergarten. His family said that they knew right away that the community and connection amongst staff and parents was special. His parents, Julie Wolfe and Tony Burtt, in a letter to Principal Bob Ruhlman and Head of Schools Eric Rasmussen, wrote:
“Throughout his elementary years, the foundation for his education, leadership and service was instilled, which lead to a deepening of his faith and applying his skills academically in Junior High. Junior High was also when Jordan joined the football team after years of attending the summer EMAK camp. The King’s football program has been instrumental in all of Jordan’s success and acceptance to West Point. Under the leadership of Jim Shapiro, Kevin Peterson, Daunte Gauge, Jordan Gage, Aaron Hansen and all the coaching staff, Jordan has learned valuable lessons and life skills you can only learn on the gridiron!”
Jordan is very disciplined with time management, which is especially important as he is involved in so many things. In addition to football, this 3-year letterman also participates in track and field and in performing arts, singing bass in Living Faith and acting and working on back stage production in the school plays.
Principal Ruhlman said, “Jordan Burtt is a King’s Knight of honor. Whether singing for the glory of God with Living Faith or leading the Knights into battle as a football captain, Jordan is a warrior with an unbridled optimism and passion to lead and influence for God and others.”
His parents are thrilled about his West Point acceptance: “Tony and I are extremely proud of Jordan and all his hard work to achieve his goal. We know his acceptance to West Point is also due to the help, support and prayers of the King’s Community and we will be forever grateful. I wanted to personally thank you for your Godly leadership at King’s and for the environment and community you have created to allow students to reach their goals and thrive.”
Head of Schools Eric Rasmussen is proud, too: “This is a great accomplishment! Way to go Jordan.”