Hebron High School senior Braxton Rolle, who recently scored a 33 on his ACT exam — a 36 is considered perfect — serves as treasurer of his school’s FFA chapter. A lover of math, the position suits him well.
“Math is definitely my favorite subject. I’ve always enjoyed it,” he said. “And my dad’s a math teacher.”
Rolle, the son of Dean and Peggy Rolle, who are both teachers, is cut no slack when it comes to school attendance. The 17-year-old is a multiyear recipient of the exemplary attendance award.
“Unless I have to miss for extracurriculars, my parents think I should be here,” he said.
Through his involvement in FFA the Hebron native has missed a few days of classroom instruction, but for the betterment of his chapter. The meat and range teams in which he participates recently took first at state, and sixth and 12th places, respectively, at nationals.
He said the range competition is his favorite of the two because he enjoys spending time outside in the nice weather. This spring, he plans to join the agronomy team.
Hebron FFA chapter officers are required to volunteer within the community. One project the teen is passionate about is the school garden, which results in fresh produce to donate locally.
“The community gives us so much by donating money to our FFA fundraisers,” he said. “It’s important to give back to them.”
The best part about FFA is meeting new people, according to Rolle.
“I’ve always been a quiet and shy kid,” he said. “Getting to meet new people is a fun thing for me.”
Rolle plays basketball, which he says is his favorite extracurricular activity, and participates in cross country and track. He has lettered in all three sports.
“Basketball is the most fun to play,” he said. “It’s really fun being able to interact and compete as a team. I’m a competitive person, so I like to go out and compete.”
The straight-A student participates in Acalympics and Math Counts. This year, he’s student council president, which means he’s in charge of coordinating school activities. A football tailgating party was held in the community for the first time this fall, thanks to Rolle’s leadership.
The past three summers, he’s worked as a lifeguard at the Hebron Memorial Swimming Pool.
Rolle, who says graduating from high school is “bittersweet,” is one of six Bearcats who will cross the stage and accept their diplomas in the spring. He says he has enjoyed the smaller class sizes his school offers.
“You get to know everyone really well,” he said. “I think a small group is better.”
Rolle plans to attend Bismarck State College to complete his generals, before transferring to a four-year college to study to become a mobile app designer or developer.
He offers the following advice to underclassmen: “Keep your head up and always keep working hard. You’ll get there eventually.”