About Me

Jordan Orris, 17, is an aspiring political writer, blogger, and analyst. She is a rising senior in high school, and has been published in The Las Vegas Sun. She currently holds the position of co-founder and co-editor-in-chief of  GVoice Literary Blog. Jordan’s most significant accomplishment was earning the appointment of Senate Majority Leader, Sen. Harry Reid; in order to serve as a United States Senate Page in the Summer of 2010.  Jordan Orris served the state of Nevada as Miss Nevada’s Outstanding Teen in 2009, making 40 state-wide appearances to gubernatorial and mayoral offices, civic organizations, philanthropies, and schools. Her personal platform during her one year, one month reign was SERVE: Sacrifice, Empathy, Relationships, Values, and Empowerment. She has advocated for community service programs to members of the Nevada State Legislature, and hopes to bring the SERVE platform into as many schools as possible.  A passionate Girl Scout since the first grade, and a Ticktocker in National Charity League, she lives out community involvement each day. Jordan is also a member of her school’s  Forensics team: specifically the Congressional Debate team, and the Original Oratory team.  As a delegate to the National Forensics League National Tournament in Kansas City, MO, Orris represented the Golden Desert District; and her high school while debating some of the 3% of high school speakers from around the globe.    An avid pianist—with twelve years of training—Jordan has a background in music; having studied voice and alto saxophone privately, and in multiple school choirs and bands.

About the Organizations:

GVoice: Green Valley High School’s first and only literary magazine, and online blog. Dedicated to giving GV students a voice of their own, GVoice was founded by Sean Elezra and Jordan Orris in the fall of 2010, and officially launched to the school on April Fool’s Day 2011. Visit gvoicemag.org for more publications and posts, beginning in August 2011.

SERVE Platform: a speaking program that Jordan Orris championed during her year of service as Miss Nevada’s Outstanding Teen 2009. Jordan has advocated for community service and involvement to governors, senators, mayors, neighbors, friends, students, and youth about the SERVE Acronym. Sacrifice, Empathy, Relationships, Values, and Empowerment have become key words that have shaped her life, and words she hopes are used to empower others. Read more about SERVE.

MAOTeen, or the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Program, is the “little sister” to Miss America. The Miss America Organization (MAO) is the largest scholarship provider for women in the world, awarding over $45 million each year  to women aged 17-24; and on the local, state, and national levels. The MAO recently celebrated its 90th Anniversary, and will air its 91st pageant this January 14, live on ABC!

  As Miss Nevada’s Outstanding Teen, a part of the Miss Nevada Organization, Jordan truly lived out her dreams. She competed in talent, interview, fitness, on stage question, and evening wear in a state-wide contest, where she  was fortunate enough to clinch the title on her first attempt, and in her first pageant ever.  A whirlwind “Cinderella Summer” ensued, as there were only five weeks to prepare for the National Competition to become Miss America’s Outstanding Teen 2010 in Orlando, FL in August 2009. While the MAOTeen national title went to another deserving young woman, Jordan was blessed with additional scholarships. The national competition was only one component of her one year reign: she visited over 40 public figures, civic organizations, and schools to promote the personal platform, SERVE.


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Jordan Orris's #1 fan
    Sep 11, 2011 @ 02:40:49

    At least your modest


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