Senior Corey Poland, son of Tim and Jen Poland, has been chosen as the Swanville Senior High Student of the Month for May.
“I have been Corey’s science teacher for the last four years. In this time, Corey has been an excellent student who always takes his studies seriously. Corey has challenged himself by taking the upper level science courses like chemistry, physics and human anatomy,” said Char Bzdok, science teacher.
“Not only is Corey an excellent student, he is a very nice young man who is upbeat and easy to talk to. His peers look up to him also because he is very involved in the community and will always lend a helping hand,” Bzdok said.
Very active throughout his school career, Poland has been an enthusiastic part of the theater department, participating in many productions since eighth grade. He has also been in band since beginning junior high. He has served on the Student Council since his freshman year and was inducted into the National Honor Society this year. Poland is a member of the track team, joining as a freshman and competing ever since.
“I am very happy to have been Corey Poland’s teacher for the past four years. He is always courteous and very helpful to me as a teacher. He is my teacher’s assistant and is good at keeping me in order. He is good at helping underclassmen,” said math teacher, Margaret Peterson.
Poland is taking the college algebra and pre-calculus classes for college credit along with several other college classes while he is still in high school. “This isn’t always easy with extracurricular and outside work activities and Corey will have 33 college credits done before he graduates from high school,” said Peterson. “Students who have this many college courses need to know how to work independently and budget their time to get everything completed. I know Corey will succeed at Central Lakes College in the fall.”
Poland was nominated for both the ExCEL and AAA awards. He has lettered multiple times in track and theatre. He is consistently on the honor roll and has been nominated for top performer nominations in theatre multiple times.
In the community, Poland helps frequently with Ruby’s Pantry and Share-A-Meal. He has also volunteered his time for ditch clean-up, the Paint-A-Thon and remodeling at Great River Arts.
“Stay active in school and community activities, but take time for yourself also,” is his advice for fellow classmates.
Poland enjoys spending time with his friends or his girlfriend. Other hobbies include reading, sleeping, watching movies — both at home and at the drive-in, playing games. He is also working on learning to play the guitar.
Poland plans to attend Central Lakes College to major in some aspect of forensic science.