Crown Point High senior class valedictorian Jonathan Dietrich credits his parents with instilling in him a good work ethic, kindness and a positive mental attitude.
“My parents, Karen and Mike, have stressed to work hard and to put forth my best effort,” Dietrich said. “They always have encouraged me to be kind and helpful towards all my classmates.”
Dietrich said his proudest accomplishment is being the class valedictorian.
“I feel blessed with the abilities that I have, and I have made sure to put forth the effort to maintain top grades,” Dietrich said.
Dietrich is in the 2015 class of the Rising Stars of the Region, a new Times Media Co. initiative. Meet the Rising Stars this week in The Times and see photos and watch video at www.nwi.com/risingstars.
Crown Point Math Teacher Jason McGee describes Dietrich, his student last year in his AP calculus class, as “one of the most intelligent and most driven students that I have ever had.”
“This subject does not come easily to most people, however, Jon has consistently performed at an extremely high level at the top of his academically competitive class,” McGee said.
In addition to being highly intelligent and displaying strong analytical and organizational skills, McGee said Dietrich has a great personality and interacts well with his peers and teachers, and that he is always willing to help others.
Dietrich’s prowess extends to athletics. He plays cornerback on the varsity football team and is a pitcher and outfielder on the baseball team.
“Being a part of these teams has been a highlight for me in high school as I have met and been able to play with many of my close friends,” Dietrich said.
Dietrich said his biggest challenge has been learning time management skills.
“I am very involved with my two varsity sports, which include many practices, games, and working out on my own,” Dietrich said. “I have taken many AP classes and always have homework. I love being social, and I have a great group of friends that I hang out with frequently. I also work at the local YMCA.”
Giving back to the community has also been a priority for Dietrich.
Dietrich chose to attend Indiana University this fall to major in biochemistry. He received two scholarships from the university, one from the admissions office and one from the honors’ college. He also received the Jim and Betty Dye scholarship and the Karen Pruzin scholarship from the community.
“I am very thankful for all of these awards,” Dietrich said. “After IU, I plan on going to medical school. From my sports’ injuries that I’ve suffered, I have gained an interest and respect for the medical field and I believe it could be a very rewarding career for me.”