SHERMAN - Jordan Boland is a junior at Sherman Central School who has been commended for his consistently high grades in both math and science.
According to Jordan, the applicable nature of science and math are what appeals to him most.
"I have always liked math and the sciences," said Jordan. "I want to become a dentist and I know that I have to have those skills to do that. I like being able to apply math for problem solving and figuring things out and I know that, for any type of doctor, you need to be on the spot and figure things out quickly."
Although his grades have been high, Jordan explains he has to work for them.
"With science, I feel like I have to try harder," he said. "Math comes pretty easily to me, but I still have to apply myself."
Currently, Jordan has not accumulated any Advanced Placement or college credits, but his intention is to attend the University at Buffalo for dentistry.
He is enrolled in chemistry, trigonometry and U.S. history. His electives include a course on sign language and career finance management.
Jordan maintains a demanding schedule between his regular classes and extracurricular activities.
He is currently involved in drama club and FSA. He was recently inducted into the National Honor Society. He is a participant in high school bowl, an academic competition involving schools throughout Southwestern New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania, which offers a $1,000 scholarship for a student at the championship school to attend Jamestown Community College for two years. He is also a member of Students Against Destructive Decisions, high school choir and the fellowship of Christian students.
Jordan is also involved in school sports including basketball, cross country and track.
"Jordan is one of our top students," said Mike Ginestre, principal at Sherman. "We're very proud of his performance in both the academics and the extracurricular activities that he's involved in."