I was born in Mammoth Lakes. I spent the first thirteen years of my life skiing, rock climbing, flyfishing, hunting, mountain biking, hiking, camping, playing the piano, playing tennis, cliff jumping, and hot tubbing. I am an outdoorsman and love being in nature.
I was on the Mammoth ski team for several years and was the top student at my school. I played many sports like baseball, soccer, and ski racing.
After moving to Temecula, I joined Linfield's soccer golf, and flag football team. I was the flag football quarterback for all three years, and we almost won league finals in soccer in my 8th-grade year. I played golf during 6th grade and also played tennis during my 7th and 8th-grade years. Straight A's were of course the standard during this time. I played club soccer for all three years of middle school for various teams each year.
During high school, I joined the freshman varsity soccer team. I loved playing with the seniors Kobe, Joel, Honeycutt, and Lane. I also loved playing with Nate. That was probably the most fun I had on a sports team. I played varsity soccer for my freshman and sophomore years. During the spring of my sophomore year, I tried out for the varsity golf team. I played well this year and even got 8th place for first-team all league. I remembered why I had liked playing golf and continued to play through my junior year. During my junior year, I established myself as captain of the team and helped lead our team to become the number one team in our league. I also got second place for first-team all-league and even got to go CIF. I lost in the first round, but it was a very fun experience because I had never thought I would get this far and had no expectations.
Outside of high school, I spent many of my summers trying new things and forcing myself out of my comfort zone. Freshman summer, I joined Outward Bound to go on a two-week hiking, rock climbing, and backpacking trip with 8 other boys from across the world. During this time, we hiked over 50 miles and climbed two peaks and climbed over 4,000 feet in elevation. Sophomore summer, I joined a STEM camp called COSMOS and spent a month in the UC Davis dorms, living the life of a college student. I learned python and C++ so that I could study animal behavior and advance my robotics skills. Junior summer, I got accepted to General Atomic's internship program. Out of the 110 accepted interns that summer, I was the only high schooler. Everyone else was either a graduate or an undergraduate student. I spent the next ten weeks working with a team of software developers to finalize a data-management product that had been in production for over nine years. I even had to get military clearance to be able to enter the building. During that summer, I spent 40 hours a week helping that team continue to finalize their product. Before I left, my supervisor told me that my code had been submitted to the final edition of the data-management program that would be delivered to England's military in 2022.
Outside of school, during my free time, I either program, play video games, surf, golf, play tennis, hunt, learn new songs to play on the piano, rock climb, invest in stocks, or hang out with friends.
Thomas's Special Achievements
- Athlete of the month for golf.
- Principle's List every single year of middle and high school.
- The most improved player on the golf team my sophomore year.
Thomas's Plans after Graduation
I plan to attend the Colorado School of Mines this coming fall. I am also waiting to hear from Rice University about my waitlist decision, so I might go there if I am accepted.
I plan to major in computer science with a business specialty. I hope to have many internship opportunities that will better my skills in this field.
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