This week’s Summit Award winner is Bradley Peterson. Peterson is a competitive student whether it be in the classroom or on the tennis court.
He is the son of David and Sharlyn Peterson.
Peterson, a Sheridan High School senior, maintains a cumulative GPA of 3.854. He received academic letters his sophomore and junior years.
During high school, Peterson’s class load has included six advanced placement (AP) classes in psychology, chemistry, calculus, physics, United States government and environmental science.
Additionally, he has completed three gifted and talented English classes. Peterson has taken challenging courses to help prepare for his college career. Peterson also keeps busy with the following extracurricular school and volunteer activities: tennis, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Interact (Rotary youth club), Knowledge Masters Open (KMO) and Habitat for Humanity.
Throughout high school, Peterson has motivated himself with the ultimate goal of attending college.
Peterson stated with a smile, “it is less stressful to do well in school.”
As reflected in his achievements, doing well is the route he has chosen. Peterson manages his time during school hours to complete homework as much as possible so he can enjoy extra-curricular activities after the school day is finished. In addition to time management, Peterson has learned good sportsmanship and social skills during his time at SHS.
He remarked that when playing doubles in tennis, if he and his partner are not doing as well as they’d like, they take a time out to regroup and turn their game around.
In addition to Peterson’s academic and athletic commitments, he takes time to volunteer. Peterson worked at McDonald’s and was given the opportunity to volunteer for a local charity while the store on north main street was being rebuilt.
Peterson chose to volunteer for Habitat for Humanity. He found this experience to be very rewarding and acquired a new skill set while helping to construct a home for a deserving family in Ranchester.
When asked about the role models in his life Peterson recognized his dad for being very supportive. He noted that his dad was always willing to coach and travel with his ball teams.
“When I was young and my family lived in Lusk my dad would take our soccer team to play in Douglas,” he said.
Learning from the support of his parents, Peterson tries to be respectful of other people and the decisions they make.
He has a strong Christian faith and uses this in his own decision making process.
Chemistry is Peterson’s favorite class. He enjoys the intellectual puzzle of figuring out solutions. Math and science are also subjects Peterson finds intriguing. His knowledge and passion for these subjects will be an advantage for him when he is studying metallurgical engineering this fall at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in Rapid City.
Peterson has received an ACT Scholarship to attend the School of Mines and a has applied for a Scully Scholarship.
After obtaining his undergraduate degree, Peterson plans to receive a master’s degree in material sciences and pursue a career in solar energy.
The Academics for All Committee would like to congratulate Peterson and wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors.