Athlete rises to top of her field

A bump in the road of life facing 12-year-old Jordan Haws was smoothed out by a group of young women she didn't know, and they had never met her.

After spending all her years in the Salt Lake Valley, she was soon to be transplanted with her family from Draper, Utah, to Virginia where her father, Brad Haws, had a new job with the University of Virginia.

The thought of moving "was a little scary at first," Jordan said in a telephone interview with the Church News. But before she moved, all the Young Women of her future ward, the Charlottesville 2nd Ward, wrote her letters welcoming her.

That kindness shown by her peers got her off to a good start, and she has thrived for years in the small community of Ivy. A stellar student and athlete at Western Albemarle High School, Jordan was recently named the Group AA Female Athlete of the Year by the Allstate Foundation and the Virginia High School League (VHSL).

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