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Jonesboro's McGill knows formula for excellence

By Maria-Jose Subiria

msubiria@news-daily.com

Kody McGill enjoys working through math problems and finding solutions.

"It's exciting how one variable can change the result dramatically," he said.

With a 4.16 grade-point average, McGill is Jonesboro High School's STAR Student for 2009-2010.

McGill said he is currently enrolled in Advanced Placement (AP) calculus, Honors Latin III, AP literature, research and design, AP government and AP physics classes. "If I am not challenged, I don't get interested in anything ... that's just my nature," he said.

McGill said he has enjoyed mathematics since he was in middle school, and that at one time he was considering becoming a roller coaster engineer. He began to take an interest in physics during his sophomore year of high school, and realized his passion was aerospace engineering.

"I thought roller coasters were a little tame," he said. "I wanted to make something that is a little unpredictable."

McGill said that beyond his academics, he is involved in numerous clubs at his school and holds officer positions in some.

He said he is the treasurer of the Georgia Junior Academy of Science, the secretary of the Latin Club, co-captain of the VEX Robotics Team and vice president of the Technology Student Association. He is also involved with the Academic Quiz Bowl, the National Technical Honor Society and the Calculus Club.

McGill said he is awaiting responses from a variety of universities he has applied to, including Georgia Tech, the University of West Georgia, Southern Polytechnic State University and Hampden-Sydney College, in Hampden-Sydney, Va.

He hopes to attend Georgia Tech because "it has one of the best aerospace engineering programs in the country," he said.

"I want to major in aerospace engineering and minor in physics and mathematics," he said.