Whether she’s the lead in The Sound of Music, or recording a hip-hop song, or belting out the national anthem at a home football game, Providence senior Jordan Reger makes sweet music. She also hits the high notes as a midfielder for the successful girls soccer team.
You were a part of Providence’s Class A state championship as a freshman. What do you recall from that experience that helps you now?
I remember the leadership on that team. Without the leaders, we wouldn’t have gotten anywhere. They led by example and always worked really hard. They showed us how we should be leading now.
What kind of leader do you try to be?
I think leading by example is the best leadership style. If you don’t do that, how are they supposed to know what to do? If you’re just telling them what to do, you’re not really showing them how to do it.
Providence is in its second year of competing in the Class 2-A state tournament because of the IHSAA’s ‘success factor’ rule. What is your reaction to that?
We were pretty angry about it. I knew we wouldn’t be able to advance as far. But you have to take what life throws at you. So we’re looking at it as more of a challenge, and the games are more fun now. The sectional is more challenging.
What do you love about the game of soccer?
I really love how much of a team sport it is, how much of a team effort it is. Everybody really has a part that’s on the field.
You get to play on Providence’s new turf field. Is that a cool parting gift for a senior?
I love it. It’s amazing. It looks great, and getting to play on it is awesome. The turf is so nice, and it’s like a professional level field. It’s beautiful.
What got you involved in the theater?
I’ve always really loved to sing. I tried out a school musical and just really loved it. Last year I was Maria in The Sound of Music, and it made me realize how much I loved being on stage. So I’m thinking of majoring in fine arts or theater.
What’s the toughest part about being on stage?
The worst is the thought you might mess up. Once you get that out of your head, it’s just really fun. I’m always a little bit afraid I’ll forget my lines. It takes about two weeks to memorize lines, but there’s also two months of rehearsing.
You’ve also recorded a hip-hop album, which is the opposite end of the music spectrum. Where can I hear that?
There’s a website called hotnewhiphop.com and there’s some songs on Youtube if you look up my name. I have a friend who likes to record music, and she asked me to sing. So I wrote a couple of songs. Writing it takes longer, because you have to figure things out.
When you look back, what will make your senior year a success?
Being a part of as much as I can, and going to as many school events as I can, will make it the best it can be.
— Justin Sokeland
JORDAN REGER UP CLOSE
• School: Providence
• Year: Senior
• Family: parents Lisa and Greg; brother Matthew (13)
• Student/athlete: Jordan plays midfield for the Pioneers. She plans to major in elementary education in college and pursue a career in the theatre.
• Coach Dave Smith: “Jordan is a talented student-athlete who excels on the field as a versatile player. She began singing the national anthem at our home games while in the 7th grade, and continues to do so, running from the press box out onto the field for the kickoff. Jordan is a senior captain and exhibits both natural and learned leadership tendencies, with regard to her work ethic in practices and her serious, yet happy, approach to soccer.”