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Hard work earns Jeremy Brown top student honors at Lodi Academy

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Posted: Monday, May 27, 2013 11:41 am | Updated: 7:08 am, Tue May 28, 2013.

Jeremy Brown has always had high expectations for himself. His parents have also encouraged him to do well.

Although he said it wasn’t planned, the 19-year-old will graduate as the top student of his class at Lodi Academy. It was just his hard work that earned him his 4.04 grade-point average, he said.

“I feel good. I feel honored. It was not necessarily a goal, just hard work,” he said.

Harvey Borton, who taught Brown in algebra, geometry, pre-calculus and physics, said he has been a straight-A student in all of his classes. No matter what is going on around him, Brown always does and understands his school work, Borton said.

“When I lecture, you can see Jeremy’s brain taking it all in. He listens carefully and analyzes what you say,” Borton said.

Brown serves as the senior class president and has played basketball. His favorite subject is physics, because he enjoys solving practical world problems through math and science.

He said he feels inspired by his teachers.

“They make the subjects easier and make learning fun,” he said.

Brown lives in Lodi with his parents, Ray and Debbie Brown, and his brother Timothy. Although he doesn’t have much free time, he enjoys playing sports, hanging out with friends and watching TV when he does have a free moment.

He plans to attend Walla Walla University in the fall, then medical school in Loma Linda. Eventually, he hopes to become a successful orthopedic doctor.

“I’m excited to start a new phase in my life. My time here has been great, but I think it’s time to move on,” Brown said.

Borton says Brown has the intelligence and determination to accomplish anything he wants to.

“He is responsible and smart. That combination is what colleges and the real world is looking for,” Borton said.

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