WNDU surprises 16 Curb Appeal winner

Every summer, we search for Michiana yards in need of some TLC.

We heard from hundreds of you who wanted new front landscaping with our 16 Curb Appeal contest.

The judges narrowed it down to three finalists who had some incredibly inspiring stories to share. Then, we left it up to you to decide who should win $5,000 worth of landscaping from Linton's Enchanted Gardens.

With the help of Mark Linton, we surprised our winner at work, where he's helping kids stay focused on the future.

We interrupted class at Goshen High School to share the good news with Jordan Willsey.

He's the JAG instructor, which stands for Jobs for America's Graduates. He helps kids stay focused on graduation and careers.

"The American Dream is to each individual what they want that dream to be," Willsey says.

Richard Macon is a senior who is looking forward to moving on to study marketing and advertising.

"I feel like he cares, he really cares about what we do when we graduate," Richard explains. "When I first started going to his class, I thought I was just going to end up working in a factory. He started showing me all of these options, college tech schools. It inspired me to be better than I thought I could be."

Casey Valdez used to be late for school a lot, but Mr. Willsey helped him get an internship and motivated him to change his ways.

"It's a respect thing. 'I respect you enough to show up on time for work every day,'" Casey explains. "He's just really trying to inspire the next generation."

It's something Willsey learned about in the military. He spent two tours in Iraq and is currently a staff sergeant with Grissom Air Reserve Base.

He wants his soldiers and his students to care about their future.

"Service, to me, is paying back for what others did for me," he explains, holding back tears. "I had a lot of stuff done for me in the past. It's paying it forward to students and future soldiers."

That's also why Jordan would like to see a new American flag in front of his Mishawaka home. A storm last fall took down his flagpole and damaged his roof.

Linton says American pride will be a big part of this Curb Appeal project.

"I'm positive we are going to have a flag flying in front of his house," Linton says.

Over the next few weeks we'll be checking in on Jordan's front yard. We'll show you how they transform it with new landscaping from the experts at Linton's.


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