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From the Alumni Board College Rep

2017 has been an amazing year so far. The year started off with a bang with my second semester of Senior year. The wrapping up of classes, playing Super Smash Bros. (maybe a little too much), and bonding with classmates I never thought I would were things that made my four years at St. John's that much worth it.

 

On top of that, I was accepted into first choice school, Rice University with an intended major of Bio-Engineering. After graduating in May, summer breezed by week after week until I finally started the next chapter in my life with Rice's O-Week. Despite the lack of sleep and free time, I loved it. I've met so many people and learned so much about living on my own, having a roommate, and the overall college experience. Much of the same continued on through the semester so far, and classes have been stellar.

 

Earlier in the semester, I was asked to serve on the Alumni Board for Presbyterian as the College Representative. As soon as I read that email, I knew I wanted to be a part of 

the team and to help serve school that was a major part 

of my life for 12+ years and is a significant factor in where I am today with the teachers and administration that motivated me to reach for all that I can. While I wasn't sure what to think at first, having no experience with this sort of stuff, I found the board extremely welcoming and full of great ideas about how to connect with Presbyterian School Alumni. Just in our first meeting, we've already discussed plans for future reunions, galas, and more casual get-togethers like a movie night for high schoolers.

 

In fact, I'm excited to share that there are two reunions coming up in fact. The Classes of 2003-2011 are having one January 4th at Armadillo Palace at 5:00 p.m., and the classes of 2012-2017 are having one on the January 5th at Armadillo Palace at 12:00 p.m. Both will be a great time to meet up with old classmates and connect with other alumni who maybe you didn't know so well.

 


I hope to see you there!


Cooper Lueck 

Class of 2013

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Upcoming Alumni Events

 

Christmas Candlelight Concert (Monday, December 11)

Do you remember what you sang at this awesome all school event? Monday, December 11 at 6:00 p.m. Presbyterian School is hosting their annual Christmas choral showcase. Please join us and ring in the holiday season with your Panther Family!

 

Classes of 2003-2011 Reunion (Thursday, January 4)

Armadillo Palace at 5:00 p.m.

 

Classes of 2012-2017 Reunion (Friday, January 5)

 Armadillo Palace at 12:00 p.m.

 

RSVP to the alumni events by emailing Ryan Hertlein, Alumni Coordinator. We hope to see you there!

Alumni Spotlight

 

PS Alum Creates Customization Apps for Aston Martin

 

I was hired to make customization apps for different Aston Martin models. These apps help improve their dealership, because many people would call / email the dealership asking what a certain option does, or asking what a confusing name meant. This app allows customers to customize an Aston Martin inside the dealership on an iPad, with the help of the sales people answering questions. Once they are finished customizing their car, the app has a print button that air prints all the information to a printer for the dealership and customer to keep. The dealership sales people also use the app to see if certain customizations are possible for customers, because some customizations are not compatible with other customizations (ex. you cannot choose the Contemporary Pack and the Contemporary & Luxury Pack).

 

So far, I have completed an app for one model, the DB11. I will continue to make bug fixes and tweak the app to improve it, and we are discussing making a second app as well. I have worked at the dealership for about a month and a half. I work at home most of the time just on my computer, but will come into the dealership occasionally to ask questions, get my check, or just look at cars. I still cannot believe I work at such an incredible job, I have always loved cars, in specific sports and luxury cars. This job gives me confidence in my programming abilities, and makes me happy I'm able to use my skills to help others.

 

I started to teach myself to program when I was around twelve, in the 6th grade at Presbyterian School. I started out making games and simple websites and I would read programming books after school and on class trips to learn how to make websites. My favorite project from PS was the eighth-grade science fair, where I made a game website that younger kids could play. The interest from the younger kids made me feel accomplished and that I had made a website that others enjoyed so much.

 

When my first game app, Fast Feathers, was put on the app store, I was extremely happy to see everyone download it. The amount of support from friends and family really gave me a huge amount of confidence in my programming ability. I made three major game apps through the end of middle school and the first two years of high school, while also moving on to a different type of app. During my freshman year summer going into sophomore year, I was asked by a friend's dad to make a utility app for their life insurance company, Goheen Companies. I was ecstatic, and started working on it right away. The app was finished around a year later, with lots of learning taking place of how to work with a business. I still work on the app to this day making modifications and updates. This life insurance app I believe really prepared me to work for Aston Martin. The job gave me the experience of making a utility app and how to work in a business environment with a large number of people.

 

Presbyterian was the foundation of where I started to program, and I'm grateful I was in an environment where my programming was appreciated and inspiring to everyone who interacted with my interest.

 

Jackson Williams

Class of 2015

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