Jacob Frogge graduated from Heritage High School this year and was one of four students from area schools and one of 183 students statewide to earn recognition as a Georgia Scholar for his outstanding performance in school and within his community. Here’s our interview with Jacob.
Tell us about your academic accomplishments.
I was Salutatorian of my school and Star Student in Catoosa County for scoring the highest on the SAT out of all the students who took it. I also made a combined score of 33 on the ACT and maintained a 4.0 grade point average.
What extracurricular activities did you participate in?
I was on the football team for four years and was soccer manager for two years. I was FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) captain my senior year. I was class treasurer for three years, vice-president of the Beta Club, and a member of the National Honor Society.
Community service is a requirement to earn Georgia Scholar. How have you served your community?
There are three main things. I volunteer with Young America in Catoosa County. I and others go there and hang out with the kids, play with them, serve food, present the gospel message to them. Also, my girlfriend and I started a small organization called "Cups with a Cause." We collect expired Roo Cups and turn them into hygiene kits for people in struggling countries. The cups contain a toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, soap, washcloth and a small toy. For the past couple of summers, I’ve gone on summer mission trips to Port Maria, Jamaica, with my church, Burning Bush Baptist. We were able to distribute our first cups there. We also do VBS at a local school there and visit a local infirmary that’s a sort of nursing home and mental hospital for people who have no one to care for them.
What are your future plans?
I plan to attend Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, and major in biology on a pre-med track. If I maintain high enough grades, I’m guaranteed entry into their medical program. I’d like to work as a pediatrician for a while, then as an international missionary doctor – that would be my dream retirement.
What are some things you’re especially proud of accomplishing or doing?
I’m proud of becoming Salutatorian of my school.
Who is someone who has had a strong influence on your life?
My nana has inspired me to work hard regardless of circumstances and to believe in myself despite any obstacles.
What is some advice you would give to your future self?
Try to remember the journey. Remember what you’ve accomplished and the people you’ve known, and don’t just focus on the future all the time.
What is something you would do differently if you had high school to do over again?
I wouldn’t just dip my toe into things. I would dive right into everything I could right away.
Do you have a bucket list? What are some things you’d like to do before you grow old?
I want to travel a lot, especially to coastal regions in places like Australia and New Zealand.
To learn more about Georgia Scholars, see www.gadoe.org/External-Affairs-and-Policy/Excellence-Recognition/Pages/The-Georgia-Scholar-Program.aspx.