BLUFFTON — A firm dedication to academics and extracurricular activities has earned Bluffton High School senior Nicole Edelbrock the Student of the Month award for September, an honor she said she was both shocked and delighted to receive.
“It feels pretty exceptional,” Edelbrock said. “It was my first time winning, so it feels really good to be recognized.”
One month into her senior year, Edelbrock maintains a 4.0 GPA, has won academic awards in geometry class and art design, and is taking postsecondary classes at Bluffton University.
While she said she had gotten “decent grades” before high school, Edelbrock began receiving all A’s shortly after entering her freshman year.
“I told myself, ‘I’m definitely going to keep this up,’ and I have ever since,” she said. “I think I realized it was really time to step up and do my best because high school leads you to college and the rest of your life, so it’s a big step.”
Showing an even greater commitment to academics, Edlebrock decided to take political science, anthropology and American political process classes at Bluffton. Though her coursework may seem like she’s heading toward a career in politics, Edelbrock said her interest lies with graphic design.
“I am very interested in that,” she said. “I’d love to create posters or advertisements — things you would see every day.”
Though she is leaning toward graphic design, Edlebrock said she still may pursue a major in sociology or psychology.
For Edlebrock, taking postsecondary courses was as much about preparing for the college lifestyle as it was getting ahead academically.
“Getting that experience I think will help me be more comfortable and I will know what I’m stepping into when I get to college,” she said. “I’ll definitely feel a lot more comfortable with the idea of graduating” from high school.
Edelbrock may be looking ahead to life as a college student, but she still stays active in high school. She is a member of Bluffton High School’s flag corps, which took second place in a competition at this year’s Allen County Fair, as well as the school’s art club and yearbook committee.
“It’s a lot of fun to be involved in these things and get along with people who love the same things I do,” she said. “I love sharing a passion with other people who do the same things, and I hope that continues in college.”
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