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Student Spotlight: Will Compton

Student Spotlight: Will Compton

Brains and brawn are in abundance for this San Luis Obispo High School senior who is looking forward to turning the page to the next chapter.

What recognition have you received? I was recently appointed as a SLOHS representative on the Superintendent’s Student Senate, a group of students who work with Dr. Prater and other SLCUSD staff to cultivate a better and more accepting learning environment across all campuses in the district.  I have received multiple Golden Tiger academic recognition awards, including a Class of 2018 Academic Top 10 award. I won 3rd Place this year at the state level in Skills USA, where I competed in Technical Design (a computer aided drafting competition). I was appointed the lead speaker in both the Alice and Atlas MasterClasses through Cal Poly in conjunction with the LHC [Large Hadron Collider], located at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland. I have also received all-league and all-county recognition while playing basketball and baseball for SLOHS.

What are your hobbies? Outside of athletics, my main interests are physics, engineering, and programming. My experiences in AP Physics and the LHC Club this year have furthered my interest in both physics and engineering. Similarly, taking Programming 1 as a freshman sparked my desire to learn a variety of programming languages.

What is your favorite memory of all time? When I was twelve, I attended a week-long live-in baseball tournament in Cooperstown, New York, where our team competed against 103 teams from across North America. This event was the culmination of four years of hard work and dedication. The friendships formed during this process will last a lifetime.

What has influenced you the most? It’s very difficult to narrow this down, as I have been influenced immensely by many people at different stages in my life. Currently, to name two people who influence me the most, I would say my father and my basketball coach. My dad has taught me, through his own actions, the importance of balancing various aspects of life, such as family, work, volunteerism, play, and friends. Coach Brandow has been instrumental in my development as a young man. His impact on my life goes far beyond athletics; he has given me a unique opportunity to grow as a leader. Additionally, he has inspired me to work harder than I ever have before in my life, and I look forward to experiencing the results next year. 

If you won $1 million, what would you do with it? Interestingly, I’ve had a plan for a long time as to what to do with sudden monetary winnings, taught to me by my dad’s boss. After taxes, I take 10% of the winnings and donate it to charity. I would choose the Cancer Research Foundation, in memory of my grandfather who passed away from cancer recently. Next, I would take another 10% to spend. Right now, I would probably elect to purchase a new computer. Finally, the remaining 80% of the money would be invested. Once a year, you repeat the same process—10% to charity, and a maximum of 10% for yourself. This method helps balance financial responsibility, generosity, and self-interest.

Where do you see yourself in ten years? I would like to end up living in the Silicon Valley as I settle into a career in engineering, not only because this area houses the majority of the jobs which align with my interests, but also because I can’t imagine living outside of California. I love the Bay Area, and support both the Giants and Warriors, so this location would suit me very well.

What is something few people know about you? Something most people don’t realize about me is how much time I spend with my brother. Whether it is wiffle-ball, golf, or laser-tag, we do a lot of fun stuff together, especially on weekends.

What are your plans for college? I am considering several schools with excellent engineering programs, including Stanford, MIT, California Institute of Technology, Cornell, Harvey Mudd, and Cal Poly.

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