Seniors Succeed in Business/Technoloogy

May 7, 2020

Naomi Hester

What part of tech/business are you involved in?

                  • FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America)

How much time do you spend on tech/business?

                  • It depends on the project. Usually during the first semester of the school year is when I focus on my projects.

How did you get started in the tech/business?

                  • I didn’t really choose business classes. I just got placed in them freshman year. 

Why do you still participate?

  • I ended up liking what I learned and continued to do them, and I was looking to be more involved with school since I was new to Parkway.

What’s your favorite part? 

  • [I like] going to competitions. I get to meet new people and finally present my work to judges with the chance of being rewarded.

What’s your inspiration?

  • I always found the idea of owning your own business to be pretty cool.

Have you won any awards/honors or hold any leadership positions?

  • I’ve won five awards: four from FBLA district competitions and one from SkillsUSA

What’s your position?

  • I usually work on graphic design and digital video production projects, but this year I also did photojournalism.

What’s your favorite memory from your time with the tech/business?

  • At my last competition, before rewards were handed out, people started throwing frisbees around. Although it wasn’t professional, the coordinators were okay with it.

Will you continue the tech/business in college/after high school?

  • I want to because of the career I plan to go into, which is graphic design/marketing.
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Grant Giles

What part of tech/business are you involved in?

                  • Computer Science/programming/robotics.

How much time do you spend on tech/business per week?

                  • 10-15 hours.

How did you get started in the tech/business?

                  • When I was really young, I got a game called “Minecraft” and I was obsessed with it. Eventually, I got curious about how it worked and began to dive into the code and tried to modify it. This is when I learned about computer programming, and I have been really interested in it ever since.

Why do you still participate?

  • In tech, there’s always something new to learn . If you are tired of doing one thing, you can simply go online and start learning a new thing.

What’s your favorite part? Why?

  • I love computer programming because all you really need to do it is raw brain power. A lot of hobbies require you to buy extra pieces if you want the full experience. With programming, you can make a revolutionary, fortune-making website on the 15-year-old computer in your basement.

What’s your inspiration? Do you have a role model?

  • A lot of inspiration comes from other programming projects I see online. When I see a really cool one, I want to learn all about the subject and then make some kind of project relating to that subject myself.

Have you won any awards/honors or hold any leadership positions?

  • Last year, my robotics team got first place in the Gateway Robotics Challenge in St. Louis.

What’s your position/role?

  • On my robotics team, my role is programmer. For programming in general, I don’t really have one since it is a hobby.

What’s your favorite memory from your time with the tech/business?

  • The Gateway Robotics Challenge is my favorite since it was just a whole day devoted to competing with robots. I got to drive the robot as it was competing several times which is a really scary, but an exciting thing to do.

Will you continue the tech/business in college/after high school?

  • Yes.
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