CLASS OF 2013

Dutch Fork senior has passion for technology and programming

May 28, 2013 

Dutch Fork High School senior __Greg Avsyuk, left, with friends in the alternative energy class at the Center for Advanced Technical Studies.

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    Through Friday, The State will run a series of Q&As with some Midlands high school seniors representing a range of interests – from athletics to academics to service – reflecting on the past four years and looking ahead.

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Greg Avsyuk

School: Dutch Fork High

Graduation date: June 7

We understand one of your passions is technology and alternative energy systems. Tell us about that.

Avsyuk: Knowing what’s happening in the world today regarding energy, it was easy for me to become interested in alternative energy. The reason why the alternative energy systems class (at the Center for Advanced Technical Studies) is so interesting is that we not only learn about the different energy systems, we actually work with them. We have created solar panels, cooled model homes with geothermal, constructed wind turbines, and powered nuclear batteries. The class makes learning about alternative energy both exciting and engaging.

At what age did you first become interested in alternative energy?

Avsyuk: I became interested around the age of 16. Renewables and alternative energy have been big in the news for a while. Mr. Smallwood (my chemistry teacher) began focusing class time on alternative energy, and my sister became president of the environmental club at her college. All of these were a big influence on my interest in alternative energy.

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What are your plans after high school?

Avsyuk: I plan to attend Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. At Rensselaer, I plan on majoring in computer science and minoring in math, focusing on a career path in economics.

Tell us about a favorite experience from high school.

Avsyuk: My favorite experience in high school was a computer science competition held between several schools in 10th grade. I got the chance to represent my school with several of my close friends as we programmed for four hours straight. It was at that point that I decided that I wanted to continue programming throughout my life.

What song sums up your high school years?

Avsyuk: “Bitter Sweet Symphony” by The Verve. The song talks about changing as a person but also staying the same as you grow older, which applies to me in high school.

If you could only keep one object from high school for a box of treasured possessions, what would it be?

Avsyuk: If I could only keep one object from high school, it would be my first biology quiz, on which I made a 68. That quiz made me realize that I needed to shape up in high school, and it has continued to motivate me. I would keep it so that it would continue being my motivator in life.

What’s the biggest life lesson you learned from a teacher?

Avsyuk: My Latin teacher told me to approach each day with a single goal in mind. That way, no matter how my day is going I am motivated to accomplish my goal.

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