Presidential high five
Published 9:31 am Friday, October 28, 2011
Christopher Jordan Jr. will never forget getting a high-five from Barack Obama during the president’s Oct. 18 visit to Emporia.
A first-grader at Meherrin Elementary School, Christopher traveled to Greensville County High School in hopes of catching a glimpse of Obama’s motorcade during his tour of North Carolina and Virginia to tout his jobs legislation under consideration by Congress.
“We were asked to stand in the front lawn and then someone came over and asked us if we wanted to come in,” said Christopher’s mother, Vicki Williams Jordan. “We got close to the stage area.”
After Obama spoke, he walked through the crowd where Christopher was riding on the shoulders of his grandfather, Charlie Williams of Newsoms. Charlie and his wife, Paulette Williams, own Williams Florists in Courtland.
That’s when Christopher got close enough to Obama to give him the high-five.
“He was so excited,” Vicki said.
Christopher is also the son of Christopher Jordan Sr. and has a brother, Brandon, who is a senior at Greensville County High School. The family lives in Capron.
• When Tidewater News photographer Frank Davis shot the Redskins-Philly game on Oct. 16, he got a shot of Eagles quarterback Michael Vick.
Unbeknownst to Frank, local residents Mark Kitchen and his daughter, Kelly Kitchen, were in the background. A reader spotted the Kitchens when the photo was published in The Tidewater News on Oct. 21 in a story about Davis’ trip to FedEx Field.
• Freelance photographer Gwendolyn Wilson recently presented four photos of Southampton High School senior defensive tackle Brian Rushing, who died on Sept. 10, to his family.
The 17-year-old from Capron was found dead the morning after Southampton defeated Franklin. He’s believed to have died from an undiagnosed heart condition.
One of the photos is four pictures combined, with Rushing in each one.
Wilson, a family and consumer science teacher at Southampton High School, wanted the family to have something to remember Brian.
• Nathan Turner of Waverly was chosen for having the “Most Beautiful Eyes” in Virginia during a national contest by Prevent Blindness Amer-ica.
Turner received the highest number of online votes between Sept. 1 and 30 for the contest open to children through age 17. He has a shot at winning a $25,000 college scholarship.