“The one thing I’m most proud of is my work ethic and ability to believe that I can accomplish anything I want if I put the work in,” he said.
Colton Fromm will attend the University of Georgia this fall, following in the footsteps of the rest of his family, because "it wouldn't feel right" if he "was anywhere else." Colton will study physics and work toward a certificate in engineering.
"I would describe myself as a smart athlete," said Colton. "People know me for loving physics and science and always trying to talk about it with anyone who will listen."
Colton's dream is to work for NASA. If he could not fail, he would become an astronaut. He said he hopes to be pursuing a doctorate degree in physics or engineering in five years, getting one step closer to working for NASA. And if plans change, Colton would be fine with living in Positano, Italy full-time to build his own lab.
Perhaps Colton's love for science comes from his greatest influence: his dad – Surgeon and School Board Chair Dr. Richard Fromm. "He is a very hard worker and never complains, even though he does the work of 10 people. From operating on people, to singing in choir, to being chairman of the school board, to managing a family, to helping everyone that asks, not a complaint in 18 years," said Colton. "He works for what he has and has shown me that I can do it, too."
"The one thing I'm most proud of is my work ethic and ability to believe that I can accomplish anything I want if I put the work in," he said.
Colton's athletic accomplishments are a fine example of his hard work paying off. He was a member of the track team and was captain of the football team and inaugural lacrosse team. He received the positive influence award and an all-region honorable mention for football. While playing for the DHS football team, the team received three region titles. He said his greatest accomplishment was working hard with the team to go 13 – 1 his senior year.
Colton was also a member of the BETA club and National Honor Society at DHS. He received the Hope Scholarship and the Zell Miller Scholarship for his academic success.
He said some of his favorite teachers in his school career are Mary Kiker from Brookwood, Heather Lawson from Dalton Middle School and Carl Chenard from Dalton High School. "Mr. Chenard challenged us and worked until we got it. His number one concern was our success. He was easy to understand and a really good teacher," he said.
As Colton heads off to Athens, Georgia to pursue his love for science, his DPS family wishes him the best. DHS Principal Steve Bartoo said Colton is a thoughtful young with man with high moral character that will only serve him well. "He's going to do great at UGA, and he's got a bright future ahead of him," he said.