The Mankato, KS Chamber of Commerce took on the Senior Spotlight project for the 2017-2018 school year in an effort to encourage students to consider returning to Jewell County in the future and to ask important questions about how they think our communities could be improved. For our community to grow in the future, we need to listen to what our young people have to say. Please enjoy this week's Senior Spotlight Interview with Jalee Ortman.
Q: If your had the power to change anything, what would it be?
A:If I could change anything, I would change the way we view the world. Too often in today’s society I feel like we focus too much on the negative and don’t pay enough attention to all the good we are surrounded by. As I continue to grow as a young adult, I want to inspire people to be the best versions of themselves and to always see the good in other as well.
Q: What is something that most people may not know about you?
A:Most people wouldn’t know that I LOVE to jam to music from the 80’s.
Q: In terms of businesses (Service, retail, etc.) what do you believe is missing in Mankato that would benefit the people of Jewell County?
A: I believe Jewell County has lots of opportunities available, it is how we as youth and the younger generation decided how to utilize it. However, it would be nice to have something for the youth of Jewell County, like possibly a bowling alley.
Q:Where do you see yourself in ten years?
A: In 10 years, I hope to have a steady job teaching in a place that I love. I want to be decorating my own house for the different holiday seasons, and hopefully starting a family.
Q: What are some improvement you would like to see in Mankato in the future that would entice our youth to return?
A: Because of wanting to become an Elementary Education teacher, I would hope to see more respect and encouragement to all teachers. Teachers are committing most of their life to help children learn and expand as a person. Giving them support and encouragement would entice more teachers to the area.
Q: What is your favorite way to spend a Saturday?
A: My favorite way to spend a Saturday is as ordered - Eat a taco salad at Bob’s Inn, take a nap to whatever gold tournament is on TV that afternoon, and finish my day by watching Netflix until I can’t keep my eyes open.
Thank you for reading and taking the time to get to know Jalee Ortman! Keep your eye out for this great student and take the time to introduce yourself and encourage her to pursue a future in Jewell County!