Jones-Gordon Student, Pierce, Finds Success In and Out of the Classroom

One of the first things people usually notice about Pierce is his smile—it’s hard to miss, since he is always smiling! Pierce (and his grin!) have been a welcome addition to The Jones-Gordon School. When asked about him, Pierce’s teachers enthusiastically mention Pierce’s positive, upbeat attitude; friendliness; strong work ethic; eagerness to learn and to help others to do the same.

Prior to starting at JGS, Pierce had struggled a bit academically. True to character though, he never let his difficulties get him down or keep him from achieving. Learning to overcome his challenges has been exciting for Pierce; according to his teacher Ms. Andrea, his tenacity and happy nature has helped him become a better and more successful student. Now, learning comes easier for Pierce because his JGS teachers are able to teach the way Pierce best learns.

Along with his accomplishments at school, Pierce has found success in his many extracurricular activities. Pierce’s interests and hobbies include acting in Community Theater, sports (Pierce played on JGS’s inaugural flag-football team this fall), church activities, go kart racing and competing, and coding.

Q. This is your first year at JGS. Was it an easy transition for you to change schools?

A. Yes, I really like the staff and students at JGS and I’ve made many friends.

Q. What’s your favorite subject in school?

A. Science—I’m especially interested in Biology. While I don’t think I’ll become a doctor, I like learning how the body works and what we’re made of.

Q. What do you think you’d like to do when you get older?

A. I really like racing, so I’d like to be a Formula 1 driver. We [Pierce and one of his teachers] researched it, and you can make a lot of money racing professionally! Even the drivers who aren’t famous.

Q. What else would you like people to know about you?

A. I’ve been involved with theater for 3 years. It started when my brother’s friend told him about a youth production of The Wizard of Oz. I was too young to try out, but I went to Summer Theater Camp and the rest is history. After that I tried out for Peter Pan and was given the roles of both a pirate and an Indian. After that I auditioned to be an orphan in the production of Oliver, but I was surprised (and excited) to be offered the lead. I have also worked in productions of Willy Wonka as the lead character, Charlie, and during the holidays as young George Bailey and Pete Bailey in a production of “It’s a Wonderful Life.” I love theater!

Pierce Nielsen is a sixth grader at The Jones-Gordon School.



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