RANDOLPH - If anything can be said for Adam Ditcher's academic interests, it's that he favors the arts.
Adam, a senior at Randolph Jr.-Sr. High School, enjoys studying the subjects of English and social studies, as well as music.
According to Adam, he is drawn to these subjects because the material is more open-ended.
"I do well in every subject, but I really like these three subjects because they are more creative and out of the box," said Adam, who is ranked first in his class. "I like music and English because you can build on your improvement and knowledge. And I like history because I know a lot about it, and you can relate it to different things. They're things I enjoy because I have room to expand and grow."
It's this kind of thought process that encouraged Adam to want to pursue a career in business.
"The thing I like about business is there's room for expansion," he said. "It doesn't have limits, and you're as successful as you want to be as long as you put in the effort. Both of my parents are in business, and it's just something that I find fun."
Although he has applied to get his business degree at St. Bonaventure University, Clarkson University and Rochester Institute of Technology, Adam hasn't yet decided which college he would like to attend.
"I'm hoping to get a good offer from somewhere I've applied to, and I'm waiting for the financials to get back," he said.
Regardless of his college decision, Adam has given himself a more than ample opportunity to get his bachelor's degree in three years' time-having earned approximately 40 college credits by the time he graduates high school.
Adam has achieved these credits through enrollment in several college and Advanced Placement courses, including: English 1510, 1530 and 1540; principles of financial accounting; principles of managerial accounting; American history 1530 and 1540; principles of biology; Spanish 2510 and 2520; college keyboarding; college word processing; and general psychology 1510.
Additionally, Adam has maintained a presence in several extracurricular activities through the high school, including: National Honor Society; Future Business Leaders of America, in which he serves as co-president; Spanish club; the high school quiz bowl team, on which he is a captain; and high school chorus, as well as all-county and all-state chorus.
He is also an avid golfer, participating in the school's golf team as well as junior tournaments in summer golf leagues.
Robb Vogtli, Adam's guidance counselor and golf coach, said that he recommended Adam for this feature based on his work ethic.
"Aside from him being first in his class, Adam is just an all-around nice person who works hard in everything he does," said Vogtli. "(On the golf team), he's hard working, and he's always trying to work with the other players. He's just a great kid who comes from a nice family."
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