About Me

I am a 13-year-old who attends the Digital Learning Center at Sunrise Middle School in Scottsdale, AZ. As long as I can remember, I have loved using the computer. When I was in 1st grade, I would play games like Zoo Tycoon and make CD mixes with my dad on the computer.

I became fascinated with Apple products when my dad got his first iPod. It sat in the box for seven months, until I took the liberty to download iTunes and upload hundreds of his CDs, without his knowing. Later that summer, my mom received a call from an Apple sales representative, wondering if he could help us with the $3000+ in merchandise in my shopping cart, already linked to my email address. My mom’s response: “Luke is seven. He won’t be making that purchase any time soon.” Later that year, I taught myself how to use Powerpoint so I could pitch my parents that we should buy an iMac, addressing everyone’s needs and how having a Mac would meet them.

At that time, I began subscribing to PC World, ComputerWorld, and PC Magazine, laughing at each bit of corny nerd humor. I kept notebooks full of specs on each computer reviewed, and began my own business where I would advise customers on technology purchases to meet their specific needs.

Since then, I have bought with my own money three iPods (including the first generation iPod touch that everyone thought was an iPhone, due to the iPod touch’s low publicity), helped parents my parents buy an iMac and a MacBook, became the school-wide go-to guy for Apple technology issues, and represented my school at MediaFest (the district-wide tech exhibition). A highlight was the American Association of School Administrators annual convention at the Phoenix Conference Center, where I joined ten other students to present on the benefits of Apple’s products in the classroom.

Although I love Apple, I have hardware and software knowledge on both Mac and PC. However, technological knowledge is not Mac or PC anymore; it is the ability to speak the language of the Web. Also, I am continually researching mobile technology and the current smartphone war brewing between Blackberries (Research in Motion), Androids (Google), and iPhones (Apple).

However, I am not one-dimensional. I am currently studying to win the National Geographic Bee. Also, I love Chinese (which I am learning via Rosetta Stone), fútbol, volunteering with the Welcome to America Project (wtap.org), and music. I am self-motivated and hope to attend Stanford University in the future. To sum me up, I am exuberant, focused, and highly motivated.

 

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Ruth Feldhaus
    Dec 30, 2010 @ 17:04:08

    Nice, Luke!

    Reply

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