Whitehall valedictorian Jordan Gould is not only planning his speech for graduation, he is also preparing for the next chapter of life after graduation. With many accomplishments under his belt, he’s ready for his future endeavors after high school.
“I enjoyed every moment,” he said. “Whitehall is a great community and although it was a little sad when I left to go to the IB (International Baccalaureate) Program, I don’t regret it, but I’ve got to say the community of Whitehall, being small a small school is wonderful.”
Gould spent his time at both Whitehall and Queensbury High School. When he was offered the opportunity to study in Queensbury as a member of the International Baccalaureate Program, he was
“The IB program was definitely a big challenge to me but it definitely changed my mindset,” he said. “Not in just an academic way but it helped me prepare for college to be more responsible.”
Gould said his teachers at Queensbury for the IB Program seemed more like professors, leaving it up to the students to learn how to keep track of their work as well as develop time-management skills. With having many responsibilities and leadership roles, Gould stepped up his game.
“It was a lot to juggle being at Queensbury and an active student at Whitehall. So, it taught me to be much more responsible and I realized what I had to do and when I had to do it,” he said.
As for his Valedictorian status, Gould said he was shocked to hear that it was him at the top of his class. With being away from everyday learning at the high school in Whitehall, he was surprised to see that he came out on top due to the grades of the program not being weighted.
“Going to IB, my grades went down a little bit and they told you that’s what was going to happen because they’re much harder courses and the grading is much less forgiving,” he said. “So, I was definitely in shock but I’m glad I have it.”
A teacher that impacted Gould was his father, Paul Gould.
“Of course, my father,” he said. “He was my geometry teacher my freshman year. He’s always been an inspiration to me to further my research in math, which I’m going to college to major in.”
Another inspiration for Gould is his class advisor, Dane Stutes, and chemistry teacher, John Etu.
“Mr. Stutes was my English teacher in middle school, and he’s always been there for me as more than a teacher along with my chemistry teacher, Mr. Etu. They’re all big inspirations to me and they taught me lot of who I am, not just school,” he said.
“They taught me how to be more of an individual and go my own way,” he said. “They inspired me to do the IB Program too. I wasn’t going to do it at first because I didn’t want to leave my friends, but then they told me that it was a better way for my education.”
Gould will be attending SUNY Geneseo this fall and has chosen the career path and degree in mathematics. This will be giving Gould time to figure out where he really wants to go. “I’m proud to be where I am, and I’ve just got to keep doing my best. I know I’ve done my best in the past, and I’m glad I’m making my parents proud.”