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Stellar Student: Ben Franklin's Harrison Citron
by Bobby Tedder
January 30, 2014 01:09 PM | 4485 views | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Special Photo / From left, Dr. White gives Harrison Citron the 2013 Leadership Award.
Special Photo / From left, Dr. White gives Harrison Citron the 2013 Leadership Award.
Special Photo / Harrison Citron at Stonehenge, England.
Special Photo / Harrison Citron at Stonehenge, England.
Ben Franklin Academy sophomore Harrison Citron is making quite a name for himself on campus and beyond.

The sophomore maintains a 4.0 GPA while keeping up a demanding extracurricular schedule. It all starts with the 16-year-old’s four-part recipe for success:

Rule No. 1: “Always know the rules.”

“This has been obvious to me since I was a kid on the swim team,” Citron said. “I guess the obvious rule that stuck out was ‘No diving in the shallow end of the pool.’

“It made me think that rules are there for a reason and life just seems to be a bit easier when you follow the rules, no matter if you are working in math class or singing in church.”

Citron is a founding member of the Georgia Boy Choir and has performed with the group at prestigious venues — from the White House to churches and cathedrals around the globe.

His stellar grade point average confirms Citron’s dedication to excelling in the classroom. His efforts outside those confines have also made others take notice.

“Harrison is a bright and talented young man who has become a leader in the Ben Franklin Academy community,” said Martha Burdette, the school’s dean of studies.

Citron’s tendency to stick with what got him to this point, in all likelihood, may take him to even greater heights.

Rule No. 2: “Always do your best.”

“You don’t have to finish first, but you do have to finish,” Citron said. “When you do your best, then you know you have done a good job.

“If you don’t finish first, you can look at where you can improve.”

In what little spare time he has, one might find Citron hiking the trails of north Georgia — trying to root out mountain biking trails as he goes.

Rule No. 3: “Never give up.”

“A book I read from my church in first grade was about [the need] to keep on trying, no matter what,” Citron said. “When things get tough, I find myself remembering [that book].

“It’s a life lesson that everyone should know.”

Although he still has a couple of years left in his prep career, Citron is already debating which academic path to pursue at the next level. He has narrowed his choices to attending Georgia Tech to pursue an interest in design and mechanical engineering or enrolling at the Art Institute of Atlanta to study photography.

Regardless of which he opts for, keeping a clear mind may be paramount to his continued success.

Rule No. 4: “Stay away from drugs and alcohol.”

“I’ve seen what substance abuse can do to other people and the lifetime of problems it creates,” said Citron. “There is no room in my life for that if I choose to keep in line with my own rules.”

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