Homeschooler, Bijou student also make list of Mayor’s top 100 teens

       An alternative high school student and a home-schooled student have been named to the Mayor's 100 Teens list for the City of Colorado Springs.
       Along with five Coronado High students (listed in the Sept. 16 Westside Pioneer), this brings to seven the number of Westside high-schoolers in the annual list recently announced by Mayor Lionel Rivera to honor area teens who perform particularly “positive deeds.”
       Here are capsules on the two students:
       Jordan Harmon (Bijou School - grades 9-12) - Jordan came back from two years of failing grades to become student body president in his sophomore year at Bijou, an alternative high school on the Westside. He had also been dependent on medications for health problems. Determined to live drug-free, Jordan, with physicians' guidance, slowly weaned himself off the medicine.
       Jordan is active in yearbook production and has such a knack for solving computer programs that both students and teachers rely on his expertise. He has coordinated food drives for Care and Share and toy drives for disadvantaged children.
       Nominated by: Gillian Arnott, JoAnn Meyers, John Carlson and Charles Dews, teachers.
       Nominator's comments: “Step by little step, he gains confidence and self-mastery every day because he is willing to take risks. He puts himself into difficult situations and conquers them, and gains incentive to go further… Now he spreads a degree of happiness wherever he goes.”
       Jordan's goal: “To make it into the history books for doing something I sincerely believed in.”
       Amon Copeland - Devoted to music - especially the guitar - Amon has formed his own bands and taken classes at the Colorado Springs Conservatory. He also spends much of his time working in his family's business while his father recuperates from heart surgery.
       Amon also volunteers many hours in performances throughout the community.
       Nominated by: Linda Weise, Teacher, Colorado Springs Conservatory.
       Nominator's comment: “He will definitely make an impact on the lives of all those around him.”
       Amon's goal: “To truly master my guitar and be an enjoyable person to be around.”

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