2002-04 I attended Greensboro Day School and took an AP Computer Science course in C++. While I did not value my classes and had no interest in grades or rewards, my parents pushed me to succeed while I enjoyed engineering technical productions at the brand new Sloan Theatre. When I wasn’t hosting LANs in English class, I studied Latin, didn’t learn Chemistry, fixed school computers, finally got along with my sister, and hosted a German exchange student. I went to church at Westminster Presbyterian Church and learned about religion, how to build communities, to always question beliefs, how to respect people you don’t agree with, ways to help our community philanthropically, that the world is bigger than the United States, and how to stay awake with mental games when you're bored.
2004-06 I transferred to Charlotte Country Day School where I would finish my last two years of High School. While I did become a member of the National Honor Society, I also got into a decent bit of trouble with my anti-authority mindset. I continued working school theatre -- eventually finishing my Senior year at Spirit Square in downtown Charlotte and the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre. Physically, I was the only male cheerleader for almost a year, played a lot of Hackey Sack in the school courtyard, and got Dance Dance Revolution to be accepted as a fitness elective. Mentally, I learned basic photography composition and film development, studied introductory Chinese, excelled in math, made a mental connection between biology and computers, and had my first serious relationship. I also needed gas money for the first time in my life, so I took a job at Ben & Jerry's, which introduced me to customer service and the food industry. Online, I continued to play PC games and helped lead by administering a gaming community‘s forums, game servers, chat systems, and web development. I traveled internationally to Italy on a 2 week school trip to learn the art of Fresco, watercolor, and photography.