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Gianna Annunzio, Freelance Reporter
1:27 pm CDT October 12, 2017

When Jordan Mendiola, Highland Park, decided to join the military in November 2016, he was prepared to work hard and gain valuable life skills. Growing up surrounded by a military family had sparked his decision to enlist. 

Only time in boot camp would prompt Mendiola to develop a passion for something unexpected: running.