Saturday, May 23, 2009


My middle son, Will, graduated from high school on Wednesday evening, as one of the two co-valedictorians for the Gateway Institute of Technology's 2009 graduating class. (Gateway is a St. Louis public magnet school). In the photo, my son is the tall one in the back row. He gave a fine valedictory address--we were so proud of him! In fact, I'm proud of all his accomplishments. He set himself a goal to graduate from high school in just three years, and he worked very hard, taking extra classes in addition to his regular courseload, in order to reach his goal. Along the way, he found time to devote many, many hours each week to his school's FIRST Robotics team. He was the driver of his team's robot, and traveled with the team to the Kansas City Regional competition (where they won!) and to the FIRST World Competition in Atlanta. He designed and built a prototype for a new and improved game controller for the FIRST Tech Challenge, another robotics program his school participated in--and is currently working with his engineering teacher to build a large, multi-controller version of his design. He'll start college at Washington University in the fall, majoring in electrical engineering. Hooray, Will-- you did it!


  1. Congratulations to your son! :)

  2. Wow congrats!! My oldest son lives in Seattle, WA and he loves it. He loves the cooler climate and the Mountains. Hope your son will enjoy it there.

  3. Thanks!
    Nannykim, he's going to Washington University here in St Louis, not Washington State. But I'll bet he would like Seattle too; he loves cool, rainy days!