It’s been years of careful planning for senior Luke Spinetto, who has always known he wanted to pursue a career working with computers. “I have planned my high school career to set up a future in computer engineering or computer science by pursuing opportunities to learn about digital systems through competitive FIRST robotics, as well as taking advanced math and science courses,” he shares. “In the fall of 2020, I will be entering Auburn University in the class of Pre-Computer Engineering, on track to graduate in 2024 with a bachelor of computer engineering and a minor in computer science.” Choosing a school was a bit of a tough decision for Luke, who was also accepted to Virginia Tech and Purdue University. At Auburn, Luke has been awarded the Academic Heritage Scholarship and the H. K. Porter Endowed Scholarship from the School of Computer Engineering.
Robotics has been an important part of Luke’s five years at Mount Paran Christian School. He has been a team captain of Eagle Robotics Team 11364 Diamond Plate and Team 7373 Carbon Fiber, recognized as a FIRST® Dean’s List Award Semi-Finalist, earned an academic letter for robotics, and has been a two-time Inspire Award First Place winner, as well as the Winning Alliance Captain at State for this current robotics season. Robotics Coach and High School Teacher Mr. Brad Smith is Luke’s most influential teacher: “He has taught me how to think like an engineer and has given much of his time to supporting me and the robotics teams.”
Luke was also previously an assistant editor for the MPCS yearbook staff and credits Mr. Richard Searle for fueling his interest in the digital arts. “I had Mr. Searle for Video Production I and II freshman year and yearbook sophomore year,” Luke says. “He remains as one of my favorites because he fueled my interest in filming and graphic design and still helps me with various media projects.”
An Eagle Scout who built two canoe racks for use by the MPCS outdoor education class, Luke has spent countless hours in service to others as a troop scribe, instructor, patrol leader, and senior patrol leader. He also led trips to two of Scouting’s High Adventure bases (Sea Base and Northern Tier) and is an Order of the Arrow Member. When he’s not mountain biking, Luke is hard at work studying, earning designations as an AP Scholar, Honor Roll, and Georgia Certificate of Merit recipient.
Of his time at MPCS, Luke says he will miss most of all the relationships he has built with his classmates and teachers. “When I was in seventh grade and looking for a new school, I mainly cared about Mount Paran because of its smaller class sizes, compared to the large public school I attended at the time,” Luke shares. “Since my first year at MPCS in eighth grade, I have been able to pursue rigorous academics, become involved in Eagle Robotics, and establish strong bonds with students and teachers alike. I cannot imagine doing school any other way.”
Luke’s family says that they are “thankful for the many meaningful relationships Luke developed with his teachers and peers - all made possible by the environment created at Mount Paran and the diligent effort of maintaining a genuine Christian culture." Luke encourages other students to get to know the people around you: “While you may be able to get by a couple weeks as the quiet, introverted kid, students and teachers care for you and will make you a part of the MPCS family.”