Jordan Bertram is a talented athlete who has distinguished herself as a role model on and off the field. A strong student who has maintained excellent grades, she has also dedicated many hours to community service.
Bertram started playing soccer when she was 3 years old and while in high school, played both with a club team and the school’s varsity team. She plays year-round, taking just two weeks off.
“I like the fluidity of the game,” she said. “It’s fulfilling when you score, and I like that there’s always something happening in the game.”
One of her biggest accomplishments was being on a club team that placed eighth nationally, earning the league title of All-American. Seth Spidahl, the technical director for Washington Premier Football Club, said Bertram is “all about team and leadership.”
“Her personal approach and work habits are infectious. Her actions speak volumes about who she is,” Spidahl said. “She is not typically the center of attention, but she is always someone whose words are respected.”
While she’s done other sports in the past — such as basketball and fastpitch — playing soccer in college has been Bertram’s longtime dream.
“I’ve grown up wanting to play soccer and my goal was to have school paid for through soccer scholarships,” she said.
Bertram’s busy schedule has included volunteer work for various projects. She began volunteering for a soup kitchen as a freshman, at the request of a friend, and found the work self-fulfilling.
“I was looking for an outlet and took the opportunity, and I found pleasure in doing it,” she said.
She considers her nomination for Students of Distinction the highlight of her high school career.
“I expect a lot of myself,” she said. “Being nominated justifies the work I put in and I’m very excited.”
Described as having a “get it done” attitude, Bertram has maintained an excellent GPA. She said part of her motivation was her desire to attend a top university.
After enjoying anatomy and physiology classes, Bertram developed an interest in the medical field. She hopes to combine that interest with her passion for sports and study physical education and kinesiology. She will play soccer on a scholarship at California State University Bakersfield, where she’ll also minor in psychology and philosophy.
“I want to go into sports medicine,” she said. “Being around soccer all my life, that seems like a natural fit.”
Education: Senior, Gig Harbor High School
Parents: Emily and Doug Bertram
Activities/Achievements: varsity women’s soccer 2nd Team All-Area, 4th at state, 2 Narrows League titles, Living Local Magazine Athlete of the Month; 8th nationally with club team; volunteer for Adams Family Shelter, PYF Tides football and other community service; 6 AP/Honors classes; Washington Premier FC and ECNL soccer club All-Americans
Favorite teacher: Leon Likens. “He makes history understandable and makes the students accountable.”
Best thing about high school: “The best thing about my high school is that it actually tries to instill positive vibes and change the lives of the students that walk in the doors every day. Our student leaders try to get everyone involved and feel included and that is really important.”