Adam Grimm, 17, of Dallas, is the son of Adam Grimm and Tulisia Carroll. He has the rank of second lieutenant in his school’s Army Junior ROTC company and in the Paulding County Explorers Post 110, which is affiliated with the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office.
He is second in command with both the ROTC company and Explorers post, Grimm said.
He was nominated for the Stellar Student Award by his ROTC teacher, Sgt. Maj. Mark Hlasnicek. Hlasnicek said Grimm has high goals for himself, and would represent Paulding County High School well.
Grimm described the ROTC as a “citizenship course.” The ROTC’s website states that its goal is, “Providing a quality citizenship, character, and leadership development program, while fostering partnerships with communities and educational institutions.”
“Most gain leadership skills in the ROTC,” Grimm said.
With the Explorers Grimm is able to help the community, he said. His group works with the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office.
The sheriff’s office website states, “The Paulding County Sheriff’s Office Explorer program provides a community service organization for anyone between the ages of 14 [and] 21 interested in a law enforcement career and to allow young men and women to better understand the role of law enforcement in today’s society.”
The students are allowed to help direct traffic, go on ridealongs with deputies, checking vehicle registrations and sometimes talk over the radio, Grimm said. This gives them the chance to see what it is like to work in law enforcement while making an impact on the community, he said.
Grimm said he has been an Explorer since eighth grade. His parents did not want him to be in the group at first because of its possible safety risk, he said.
“I have wanted to be in law enforcement since I was 3 years old,” Grimm said.
His aspirations after high school are to get a job at the jail and become a sheriff’s deputy, he said.
“I like to help people,” Grimm said.
He said that is why he would like to go into law enforcement.
“It is an awesome feeling when you are racing to help someone,” Grimm said.
ROTC and the Explorers keep him busy, but that does not affect his school work. Grimm has a 3.2 GPA.