S: Jordan Lee Daniel
FC: Congratulations Jordan Lee Daniel Graduation 2011 Love your little sis, Ashlee Gail O'Brien
3: "Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart."
4: My Superhero Do you have a person in your life you couldn’t live without? Do you have someone you tell everything to and couldn’t let a day go by without talking to them? This person in my life is Jordan Lee Daniel. She’s my sister, not through blood, but through the heart. “A sister is a gift to the heart, a friend to the spirit, a golden thread to the meaning of life.” -Isadora James. Jordan is the one person in my life I can always count on being here for me no matter what. She is the person I want to make proud. She is the person I strive to be like day in and day out. I look up to her for everything. She always helps me and gives me advice. We have been through thick and thin. At the end of the day, no matter what is going on in our lives, she is always here for me and stands by my side. “Friends are needed both for joy and for sorrow.” –Samuel Paterson. December 20th, 2010, this is a day that I will never be able to erase from my mind. This was the day I got a text from Jordan that left me lost for words. I had been texting Jordan earlier in the day. The phone vibrated. As I read “Jordan” on the phone, I opened the message. “Hey,” it read. Just from the way she typed it, I knew something was terribly wrong. “Hey,” I replied. She texted back fairly quick saying, “Just to let you know, my Mom is in the hospital and has to have surgery.” I was stunned. “Why? What’s wrong?” I asked curiously. “She has a tumor and it’s probably cancer,” she answered. I could detect the fright in her voice. There was a period of dead silence that felt like hours went by; yet, it was only a few minutes. She said the word cancer. I didn’t know what to say to her. I was lost for words and felt that whatever I typed, it would be the wrong thing. I didn’t want to upset her more than she was already. I would type something and then erase it hastily. I eventually said, “Jordan, I am so sorry. Is there anything I can do?” She answered, “No.”
5: Once again, I was speechless. I felt as if this came at me like a bullet. After about a minute, I said, “I don’t know what to say. I’m terribly sorry and if there is anything we can do for you, please let me know.” She replied, “Okay.” “I want you to know I’m here for you. If you ever need to talk, just text me or call me. I’m sorry you are having to go through this,” I said. She replied, “I know Ash.” We finished up the conversation. It’s not an easy thing to find out that your best friend’s mom has cancer. Sisters are always here for each other. I try my absolute best to be here for Jordan just as she is always here for me. She always drops whatever she is doing for me. “True friendship isn't about being there when it's convenient; it's about being there when it's not.” I had a basketball game at the armory one night. I walked into the big gym; the nerves were building up. I walked briskly over to where my team was standing. It was almost time to warm-up. With basketballs in our hands, we walked onto the court and began to warm-up. After the allotted amount of time had passed, the announcer started calling the names of the other team. Then, as they called our names, we were to go shake the other coach’s hand. When my name was called, I trotted across the way to shake the hand of the other coach. I looked up as I was making my way to the middle of the gym floor. As I looked up, I saw Jordan sitting on the first bleacher smiling at me. I was surprised she was there. I was nervous that much more because she came to watch me. I knew I had to give this game my all because she was there. Her being there put a lot of pressure on me. I wanted to make her proud. I wasn’t playing very well. I knew Jordan would be disappointed in me. I didn’t want to see the expression on her face during the game.
6: I pictured her sitting on the bleachers with her hands on her head, shaking her head in disappointment. I could see the game slipping through our fingers. The outcome wasn’t in our favor. We went into the locker room afterwards to talk about what happened. I was upset. I was more upset that I didn’t play well and Jordan saw it. I felt like I let her down. That is the worst feeling in the world, to let the person, which you were trying to make proud, down. She came to watch me and I didn’t play good. I knew she was disappointed in me. I wanted to make her proud and I didn’t. I dreaded having to face Jordan as I opened the door to exit the locker room. I came out onto the gym with my head hung low. I saw Jordan across the way standing there looking at me. I walked over to her and was scared to hear what she had to say. She said, “Ash, I’m proud of you. You gave it your all and really tried out there.” “I disappointed you,” I mumbled. She responded, “Absolutely not! I’m very proud of you!” That right there is what I strive for in life. I want, more than anything, for the people I love to be proud of me. “The hardest part is what to leave behind...it's time to let go!” -Winnie the Pooh. I love watching Jordan play basketball. She has so much love for the game; you can see it when she plays. The district game was coming on live TV. Central Hardin was up against North Hardin. I was eager to watch the game; I had been looking forward to it all day. I sat on the couch with my hands sweating. When Jordan plays, I actually watch the game; I truly care about it. Time was running out in the game. As I watched, I saw Jordan commit her fifth foul, which took her out of the game. I knew right then that this could possibly be the last game she would ever play. I knew that when she texted me after the game she was going to be beyond upset. The game went into overtime.
7: Central Hardin couldn’t pull away with the win. I knew this was the last game that Jordan would ever play; this was the end of her Central Hardin basketball career. I felt horrible. I sent her a text as soon as the game ended saying, “Sissy, you know I am very very proud of you. I always am no matter what! And Momma O is too. I love you!!” About thirty minutes passed before she replied, “I can’t do this Ash.” “You can’t do what?” I asked. She answered, “I can’t not play.” I knew she was devastated. I knew she was having a really rough time with this. The next day she came to talk to me during lunch. She had tears in her eyes. She told me she cried all night. That really hurt me. I never want to see her hurt or upset. She told me of how as she walked into the school that morning, she didn’t want to be there. She was disappointed. I nodded my head not knowing what to say to be able to make her feel better. I felt like there was nothing I could do. I wanted to help her somehow and just make everything better but I didn’t have the power to do that. She told me that this is the best time of my life and not to take it for granted. She said, “When you go to leave high school it will be hard.” I told her, “But I hate this place.” “Ash, you might hate it right now but you don’t realize what you have here,” she responded. By now, she had me in tears. She is almost to the end of her high school years. She will be leaving me soon. What am I going to do without her here with me? Having her here is the only way I’ve been making it through high school. Whether Jordan goes off to college or stays here next year, I am still going to need her. She is still going to be my sister no matter where the world might take her. “Promise me you'll never forget me because if I thought you would I'd never leave.” -Winnie the Pooh.
8: Jordan is my superhero; she always comes flying to the rescue when there is a problem. She always makes things better. Yet, she’s not only here when there is a problem; she’s always here for me. She said this to me one time and it tells it all: “Little sis, no matter what happens, I’ll be here to love you when you think no else does. And when you just need a smile, think about the girl in the cape. I got your back!” Jordan is the one person in my life that, no matter what’s going on, I can always talk to her and walk away with a smile on my face. Jordan is not only my best friend and my superhero; she will forever be my sister. “If there ever comes a day when we can't be together, keep me in your heart, I'll stay there forever.” –Winnie the Pooh. Freshman Memoir Ashlee O'Brien
10: Senior Night | Emilee: "Most likely to Succeed" Jordan: "Most Athletic"
12: Central Hardin Lady Bruin Basketball 2010-2011
15: "If you play scared, you're just going to get yourself into more trouble." ~Jordan Lee Daniel
16: Central Hardin Lady Bruin Softball
18: "'I don’t keep up with that (streak), although I probably should because that’s a huge tradition for us at Central Hardin,” said Daniel, a senior guard who scored a career-high 31 points. “Winning in the present is more important than a tradition.'" | "Daniel is making long-range shots a tradition of her own. After knocking down five 3-pointers en route to a then-career high 26 points in the Lady Bruins’ season-ending loss to North Hardin last year in the district tournament semifinals, Daniel hit six 3s two games into this season." | “Senior Jordan Daniel added a triple, single and four RBIs.” | "It was the third time in her last seven games Daniel hit five or more 3-pointers." | "Heck yeah. You gotta do it big,” Daniel said of her late-game emotion. “In your head, the littlest thing can change a team. And the fist pumps were like, ‘Let’s get fired up and win this thing.’” | Newspaper Quotes | "Daniel converted a three-point play with 1:25 left."
19: "Daniel followed those performances by burying 8-of-11 from the arc against John Hardin." | "If you play scared, you’re just going to get yourself into more trouble. I tried to play like I just had one foul. I tried to play loose and not think about it,” Daniel said of trying to stay focused with no fouls to give." | "Central Hardin junior Jordan Daniel likes being in control whether she’s on the basketball court or the softball field." | “They are positions of control and leadership,” Daniel said. “As a point guard you’re seeing everything on the court. As a catcher, it’s the same thing. You’re seeing everything in front of you. I see the resemblances in the two sports.” | "Central Hardin senior Jordan Daniel, led the Lady Bruins." | “Senior Jordan Daniel singled twice and drove in a run.” | "Central Hardin senior guard Jordan Daniel scored a career-high 33 points." | "Junior guard Jordan Daniel scored a game-high 24 points and had seven rebounds, two assists and one block."