I grew up in Columbia, Missouri. It was (and still is) a wonderful town for kids, with opportunities to try a lot of things. In kindergarten, I started playing baseball (none of that tee ball stuff), a sport I’d continue for many, many years. In 4th grade, I joined the recreational football league (my team was undefeated), and started playing basketball. As I got closer and closer to high school, I slowly dropped out of all my sports to make way for new hobbies: band, choir, Science Olympiad, a NASA-based elective, video games, and homework. Lots of homework. I loved taking honors and AP classes. My senior year, I was the lead drum major for marching band.
College brought me to the University of Missouri-Rolla, now Missouri University of Science and Technology. There I participated in many more activities, such as pep band, the college radio station, honors societies, and a glassblowing club. Somewhere in there I managed to get a degree in Ceramic Engineering.
I currently reside in St. Louis, MO, and I work for Sigma-Aldrich. I love St. Louis so much, it’s even easier to indulge in my hobbies here.
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