Swainsboro High will open its doors once again to a former student. Class of 2011 alum Deidra Jordan will return to Tiger Trail this Friday and deliver the keynote address for the school’s Black History Month program.
Jordan’s theme will be historical black colleges and universities’ contributions. The program is set for February 25 at 9 a.m. inside the new gymnasium.
A 2011 honor graduate of Swainsboro High School, Jordan participated in several activities and sports during her time as a Tiger, including Beta Club, FBLA, marching band, basketball, and track and field.
Before graduating from high school, Jordan accepted a full track and field scholarship to attend Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU), a historically black college/university (HBCU) located in Daytona Beach, Florida.
As a student-athlete, Jordan majored in biology and pledged the Gamma Tau Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
She excelled in academics and athletics by winning several individual conference championships in track and field. She went on to graduate cum laude from B-CU.
During the final year of her undergraduate studies, Jordan discovered her love for scientific research. She then received several fellowships to fund her graduate school education at Florida International University (FIU) in Miami. Her research focuses on refining the utility of human and microbial DNA for forensic cases.
This past summer, she completed an internship with the counterterrorism and forensic science research unit at the FBI laboratory in Quantico, Virginia.
In 2019, Jordan graduated with a Master of Science in Forensic Science and will graduate this upcoming May with a Ph.D. in biology from FIU.
She is the daughter of Darlene and Leroy Jordan Jr., who are both retired educators from Emanuel County Schools.