Congratulations to Jon Hrovat, our Fulton Homes Be KOOL Stay in School winner!
I am writing to nominate Jon for the Fulton Homes Be Kool, Stay in School recognition. While I am his parent and perhaps a bit biased, that does not take away from the obstacles he has overcome.
Thirteen year old Jon had a kidney removed when he was three years old. About a month after that, he was diagnosed with Legg-Calve-Perthes Hip Disorder. And then, in 2008, he was diagnosed with eosinophilic esophagitis. While none of these directly affects school work, we worried he’d be full of self pity and not put forth 100% effort on things. We were wrong.
Jon is now an 8th grader at Highland Lakes school. He has a missing a kidney, a deformed hip (causing one leg to be longer than the other) and uses an inhaler daily for his esophagus, but he is a model student and also a success outside of the classroom.
Jon achieved near straight A’s as a seventh grader last year, and has repeated the same this year. He is in the school’s National Junior Honor Society this year and takes advanced math classes. Additionally, he ran on the Cross Country team in seventh and eighth grade and also plays baseball for the school. Despite the bad hip he was one of the top ten runners in his region, and he is also a solid contributor for the school’s baseball team.
Jon has not given up on activities due to the medical problems he has, and he won’t give up in school. He has recently been looking at various career options and, while he is undecided, he understands the value of a college education. When the time comes, he will be ready for success there, as he has been chasing success his whole life.
While Jon could be feeling sorry for himself over his medical problems, he instead chooses to go out and overcome them, both in the classroom and on the track or in the field. That is why I recommend him for the Fulton Homes Be Kool, Stay in School Award.
Steve Hrovat (Dad)