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!TOP HEADLINES
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