ELIDA — Elida eighth-grader Jon Frueh describes himself as a normal middle school child.
In some ways that may be true. He confesses he enjoys playing video games and playing baseball. However, Jon manages to rise above many of his counterparts after that.
Jon, 14, a straight-A student, also thoroughly enjoys math and science. He is already taking two high school level classes, Spanish and algebra, and he strives to do something in the engineering field some day. He is a young man with a plan.
On March 10, Jon was notified by the National Geographic Society that he was a semifinalist for the Ohio National Geographic State Bee to be held at Grandview Heights High School on Friday. Jon also recently competed in the regional spelling bee and was the Elida school champion. Jon attributes his success academically to those around him.
“My parents are very supportive,” Jon said. “They are supportive and stay involved in what I am doing. My teachers and my friends also are very supportive.”
Jon, the son of Jon and Amy Frueh, also serves as a good role model to his three younger sisters, who are 12, 10, and 8.
Elida Middle School Principal Doug Drury said Jon is a model student.
“We are very proud of him,” Drury said. “He is a great role model to other students and displays character. He is a quality person as well as his success in academics. He has high goals and is career oriented. He has the world ahead of him.”
Jon is also involved with choir, band and the Boy Scouts. He also participated in the school play, “Suessical the Musical.”
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