SYCAMORE - As a class project, four students from Mohawk Local Schools organized a visit by U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan Tuesday to discuss politics and what it means to be successful.
Jordan, R-Urbana, told the juniors and seniors three important ideas: Always set goals, be willing to do the work and work hard and develop self-confidence.
As a four-time state wrestling champion, Jordan was told by his father to always set goals and work hard because "good things can happen."
PHOTO BY NICOLE WALBY
U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Urbana, speaks to junior and senior government and economic students about politics Tuesday at Mohawk.
"It doesn't guarantee success, but it does improve your chances," Jordan said.
He also said to remember the people who mean the most to you. Jordan said one person important to him was his former wrestling coach and chemistry teacher. Jordan said his coach always talked about self-discipline.
"Discipline is doing something you don't want to do," Jordan said. "Doing things the tough way and right way allows for more freedom and more opportunities in the future."
Jordan first ran for state representative in 1994. He was up against a two-term county commissioner and was told he didn't stand a chance.
He knocked on doors and handed out flyers. Jordan won with 67 percent of the votes.
"Never let anyone tell you that you can't accomplish anything," Jordan said.
During his visit, Jordan also answered questions about minimum wage, the health care system, education issues, immigration reform, national debt and taxation.
The project was put together by seniors Bryan Schube and Mitch Parker and juniors Alison Summer-Ramirez and Jessica Griffin. The four students are taking Political Science 200, a sophomore college course through Kenyon College.
"We are trying to expand the experience for more students throughout our area," Schube said. "Politics is important and for students to have the opportunity to speak face-to-face with Congressman Jordan is just awesome."
Schube and Parker are running for positions on the Seneca County Republican Central Committee May 3.