Class of 2020: Jordan Rivenburg – Valedictorian, Mayfield High School

Jordan Rivenburg
Jordan Rivenburg

Mayfield High School

Jordan Rivenburg


PARENTS: Carl and Penny Rivenburg 

COLLEGE OR OTHER PLANS: Stonehill College (majoring in Health Science)

AFTER COLLEGE:Attending medical school to become an oncologist

WHAT IS IT LIKE GRADUATING HIGH SCHOOL IN THE MIDDLE OF A GLOBAL PANDEMIC: The entire situation is unprecedented. None of us saw this coming and having looked forward to graduation and senior year since I saw my brother graduate years ago, it is definitely disappointing. The world is so crazy right now and graduation was supposed to bring a sense of normalcy, although not graduating as a class is disappointing.

WHAT DID YOU LEARN ABOUT YOURSELF AND YOUR CLASSMATES THIS SEMESTER: I learned how strong and driven each of us are. Through everything, we managed to find motivation to finish this year strong, despite the chaos the pandemic has introduced.

WHAT IS A MEMORY OF YOUR SENIOR YEAR YOU’LL NEVER FORGET: One of my favorite memories this year was probably the parade the town put together to celebrate the seniors in May. It was really special, especially in the midst of a pandemic. The whole town came out to show their support and it is something I will always remember.

WHAT YOU WILL MISS MOST ABOUT HIGH SCHOOL: I will miss the teachers and the special bonds formed with them.

WHAT’S IN YOUR MUSIC PLAYER: I love country music. It’s pretty much all I listen to. My favorite artists are Luke Combs and Luke Bryan. However, I’ve been listening to the song “I Lived a Lot” recently, reminiscing on my high school experience.

BEST PART ABOUT GRADUATING: To me, the best part about graduating is feeling the closure and sense of accomplishment from all the hard work I’ve put in over the years.

WHO OR WHAT INSPIRES YOU: My parents are definitely my biggest inspiration. My mom is the most headstrong, independent, and hard-working woman I know. From her, I’ve learned to always voice my opinion and to be confident. She’s shown me the importance of setting a goal and working hard to reach it. My dad is the most caring, generous, hilarious guy I’ve ever met. He’s shown me the importance of having a sense of humor and I admire his ability to lighten any situation.


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