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PHS senior earns Regional Academic All-Star distinction

Portage High School senior Benjamin Goffette has been named as an Indiana Regional Academic All-Star by the Indiana Association of School Principals.

Goffette is one of 90 high school seniors throughout Indiana to have received this title after being selected from a field of 270 nominees. The IASP recognizes students who excel in the classroom, are actively involved in their schools and communities, and hold leadership positions in their activities.

With a GPA of 4.62, Goffette is the salutatorian of his graduating class. He is involved in several extracurricular activities, including soccer, golf, National Honors Society, Interact Club, Student Council, Math Academic Superbowl, Social Studies Academic Superbowl, and Quiz Bowl. Currently, Goffette is captain of the Quiz Bowl and Social Studies Academic teams and Vice President of Academic Affairs in Student Council.

“Juggling all of my extracurricular activities can be difficult, but I manage my time by creating a schedule for myself and following it,” Goffette said. “I am always able to attend all my practices or meetings without falling behind on homework. I believe one of the most important aspects of being on top of your grades and being successful outside of the classroom is time management.”

Receiving the title of Indiana Academic All-Star allows Goffette to see the final results of his hard work and dedication.

“It feels pretty great to see my hard work and dedication to my education being recognized. I am very honored and proud of this achievement,” Goffette said. “I would like to thank all of my teachers for supporting me and continuing to help me grow throughout my education. I would also like to thank my parents for always pushing me and helping me to become the best version of myself.”

Goffette is also thankful for the inspirational influence of the Portage Township School District.

“The PTS district, from when I first started at Jones Elementary School, to Willowcreek Middle School, to now at Portage High School, has always privileged me with great teachers that helped get me to where I am today. Now that my time here is almost over, I will miss being able to see my friends every day and taking part in all the activities the schools have to offer,” Goffette said

Goffette plans to attend the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University this upcoming fall. While he is not yet certain of his major, he wishes to pursue a major relating to business. After business school, Goffette plans on attending law school to receive a law degree in hopes of becoming a successful sports agent.