Levi Gregory, 18, is a high school student from Warren High School enrolled in the Graphic Design and Video Production program at Washington County Career Center.
Gregory said he plans to use the skills he developed during the class to expand his technology knowledge and earn a degree in STI (information technology systems).
Through College Credit Plus (CCP) he has obtained or will earn both high school and college credits for Composition and Statistics in English.
While the class itself focuses on a range of topics such as creating and editing digital graphics, design techniques, media and image management techniques, and video and sound, it also offers information technology course material.
“This course really exploded my interest in technology. It made me want to know more about the technology as a whole and how systems work together ”, he said.
As a result of this heightened interest, he began to explore options for future careers.
“I did an internship in computer science recently and it opened my eyes to the opportunity to broaden my knowledge and enter a field that I really appreciate” said Gregory.
He said that in class right now they are focusing on computer animation for competitions.
His plans are to earn a bachelor’s degree in information technology systems or computer science. Gregory is still deciding which college to attend. His number one choice is to go to Ohio University, where he was offered membership in the Honors & Scholars program.
Gregory has been on the Career Center Director’s List every nine weeks for the past two school years. As a student ambassador, he is responsible for liaising between the Career Center and Warren High School. Additionally, he develops leadership skills by promoting the Career Center during its recruitment process, as well as arranging tours and counseling at scheduled events and with inbound visitors.
Gregory is also a member of the Career Center Young Business Professionals of America, National Technical Honor Society (NTHS), Student Council and is a student leader.
He has served as treasurer of the NTHS and the Student Council since the start of the school year.
“These roles have really helped me develop leadership skills, improve my teamwork skills, and develop accounting skills that I will definitely need in the near future.
At his home school, Gregory practices archery.
“I have been doing archery since middle school” he said.
His time was well spent and in 2019 he was able to enroll in the sport.
“To write, you have to have an average of 270 points, which is not easy to do”, he explained.
Gregory said he really enjoyed being on the archery team.
“I like archery… just go out and shoot. “ he said.
He was also able to compete in the 2019 National Archery Competition in Kentucky, where he placed in several different categories.
“One thing I have learned from archery is patience” he said.
Gregory gave an example, explaining that it’s not just about letting an arrow fly.
“You have to stay in position and get to your point of aim before you shoot… you can’t just let it go. “
He said that gaining patience had helped him improve his goal and be painful and pushing away self-doubt.
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