Welcome to a new SweetwaterNOW series, #WHYoming.
We are highlighting people from around our communities and asking them a few questions. We want to learn a little about them and see why they chose this great state to raise their families, start their businesses, or simply to ask — Why Wyoming?
This week I sat down with Jordyn Hall who was crowned 2016 Miss Wyoming earlier this year. She is attending the University of Wyoming and will be graduating in December.
Jordyn is originally from the state of Washington, but she fell in love with Wyoming when she moved here for school.
Jordyn, what brought you to Rock Springs?
I am going around Wyoming presenting about sexual assault on college campuses. My platform is “Shatter the Silence and Stop the Violence.” I had a goal when I was crowned Miss Wyoming to visit all seven community colleges to talk about my platform. Sexual assault is not something that people like to talk about and that can be swept under the rug. I hope to bring light to and start a conversation about an uncomfortable topic.
Tell us a little about yourself?
I was not born a Wyomingite. I was born in Olympia, Washington. I came to Wyoming because I heard of the University of Wyoming and how great of an education it was. When I came here, I absolutely fell in love with everything about Wyoming.
I am a history major and want to teach middle school or high school history. I like more modern day history like WWI, WWII and the Cold War. I like some of the deep underlying politics behind the Cold War. There are so many things we don’t know about and some of the information is becoming unclassified which is really interesting.
Aside from being Miss Wyoming, what else do you do?
I was on the UW dance team for the last two years as well as being a member of the University of Wyoming’s Tri Delta sorority. I work as a high school dance coach in Laramie and coach the Laramie Lightning. I’m also a substitute teacher in the Albany County School District. I keep myself busy.
If you could give one brief piece of advice, what would it be?
Don’t be afraid to fail. A lot of people don’t even want to try because they are like “no I can’t do that, its not for me.” I wouldn’t be Miss Wyoming if I wasn’t afraid to fail. I tried three times before I became Miss Wyoming. Now I am sitting here with the job of a lifetime because I wasn’t afraid to fail.
What do you appreciate most about Wyoming?
I love that people smile at you in the grocery store and will stop for you when you go to cross the street. Things like that may seem like second nature to people here but for someone that was born and raised outside of the great state of Wyoming, that is something I really appreciate about Wyoming. You can’t find that in a lot of places.
The education here is great. You can’t beat it! From what I am seeing at the community colleges, we have great community colleges as well.
Would you rather ride a bike, take a horse or drive a car?
I’m in the car a lot for traveling and don’t enjoy that too much so I would probably rather take a horse. I’m not the best horse rider and haven’t been around them a lot but it always looks like so much fun.
What would you sing at karaoke night?
I would sing “Summer Nights” from Grease. Everybody seems to know and like it so they could sing along. I’m also not much of a singer and the notes are easy so I could hit them.
How would your friends describe you?
The funny one. I am always the comedic relief, I’m always trying to get somebody to laugh or smile where ever I go. People don’t always laugh but I try and I always laugh at myself so it works out.
What is your proudest accomplishment?
One of my proudest accomplishments will be graduating from the University of Wyoming this December. I never thought that I would graduate from a university. In high school, I never was the student that absolutely loved school. I never thought I was smart enough to go to a university so I’m really proud and excited that I’m actually finishing that.
Who would you want to play you in a movie about your life?
Jennifer Lawrence. I’d want her to play me because I feel like she could be a really good friend of mine. She loves to eat and hang out in her sweatpants, which is what I love to do too.
Where is your favorite place to hang out in Wyoming?
There are so many. I love Curt Gowdy State Park. It’s right in between Cheyenne and Laramie. It is a really great place. There’s fishing, hiking and a lot of outdoor fun there. It’s also a nice quiet place with some great scenery.
If you’d like us to interview yourself or someone you know for #WHYoming, please send us suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org