Apr 16, 2020

Senior Spotlight 2020: Luke Spinetto

Senior Spotlight 2020: Luke Spinetto

 

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.”


Announcements

July 12 - Lower School New Family Zoom Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

July 14 - Lower School New Family Game Night, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

July 14 - Preschool/TK New Family Popsicles and Play Night, 6:30-7:15 p.m.

Sewell Cottage

July 14 - Preschool/TK New Family Popsicles and Play Night, 6:30-7:15 p.m.

Sewell Cottage

July 18 - Preschool/TK New and Returning Families Zoom Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

July 26-27 - High School Parking Assignments

July 30 - Senior Spots Painting Day

August 1 - PMI UP, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

New Student Orientation, Grades 10-12
Murray Innovation Center, Graham Commons

August 1 - PMI UP, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

New Student Orientation, Grades 10-12
Murray Innovation Center, Graham Commons

August 5 - K-Day, Lower School 101, Middle School 101, High School 101

August 5 - High School Social, 5:00-6:00 p.m.

Dozier Circle

August 5 - High School Social, 5:00-6:00 p.m.

Dozier Circle

August 8 - Preschool/TK Meet and Greet, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Sewell Cottage

August 8 - Preschool/TK Meet and Greet, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Sewell Cottage

August 9 - Back-2-School Night, 3:30-6:30 p.m.

August 11 - First Day of School, 7:50 a.m.

August 15 - Preschool/TK and Lower School Parent Orientation, 5:30 p.m.

August 16-17 - Picture Day

August 16 - High School Parent Orientation, 6:00 p.m.

August 18 - Middle School Parent Orientation, 6:00 p.m.

August 19 - Middle School Spiritual Emphasis House Day

August 22-23 - Lower School CoGAT Testing

August 29-September 1 - MAP Growth Testing

Lower and Middle School Students

August 29-September 1 - MAP Growth Testing

Lower and Middle School Students

August 29 - Ask the Experts, 6:00 p.m.

Visit with college representatives

August 29 - Ask the Experts, 6:00 p.m.

Visit with college representatives

August 30 - Picture Make-up Day

September 5 - Labor Day Holiday, No School

September 6/7-9 - High School Retreat

September 22-23 - Parent-Teacher Conference Days, Grades PK-8

Students in grades PK-8 do not attend classes. High school students DO attend classes.

September 22-23 - Parent-Teacher Conference Days, Grades PK-8

Students in grades PK-8 do not attend classes. High school students DO attend classes.

September 26-27 - Fall Break, No School

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