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Spencer Gates Awarded John H. McConnell Scholarship

by Rob Mixer / Columbus Blue Jackets

Spencer Gates never strives to be "elite," but his unwavering work ethic has put him at the top of his class.

The recent graduate of Hilliard Bradley High School was awarded the John H. McConnell Scholarship by the Blue Jackets Foundation today, in recognition for his exceptional achievements in the classroom and his community. Gates, 17, not only established a cumulative GPA of 3.91 upon graduation, but was also a Scholar Athlete for 10 seasons of athletic competition. As for his future plans, Gates will be attending the University of Cincinnati in the fall as part of a unique opportunity - he was one of 40 students accepted into the school's inaugural program for architectural engineering.

Beyond the classroom, Gates has been extremely active in the Hilliard community. He's a key part of the TOPSoccer program, which provides children with special needs the opportunity to play soccer. He participated in four different varsity sports and was the senior class' vice president in 2011-12. Gates has been active in mentee programs in the field of architectural engineering and has real-world experience working with Jezerinac Geers & Associated Inc., a local firm.

Gates recently sat down with Bob McElligott and Jackets TV to discuss the scholarship, his future plans, and a whole lot more. Check out the video above to learn more about our 2012 John H. McConnell Scholarship recipient. Congratulations, Spencer!

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