If there is one word to described 17-year-old Andrew May, it is “driven.”
The Harrisburg Academy senior boasts a greater than 4.027 GPA, is a member of multiple athletic teams and clubs and has received an early admissions decision to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York.
May is also a senior scout leader in the Boy Scouts and is working to attain his Eagle Scout designation.
“I don’t know how to explain my drive,” May said. “I just always like to give my best effort whenever I am able to.”
May intends to study computer science while at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
He said he is not sure what area he was like to focus on but said he is interested in the benefits and concerns with artificial intelligence and its military application.
Throughout his high school career, May has taken multiple class in computer science and robotics and has attended classes in cryptography, probability and game theory, fundamentals of computer science and number theory through Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Talented Youth.
May credited his parents — Robert and Karen May — with instilling in him a drive to succeed.
“I look up to them a lot. They are very smart and very hard working,” he said. “They are both lawyers, and my mom and is very, very on top of things. She does not like procrastinating at all. She always makes sure I get my things done.
“They are very hard working and they have very high expectations for me and my brother academically,” he added. “They set the bar. I just had to meet it.”
May said his current passion is sports.
He competes in track and field and is a member of the high school soccer and basketball teams. May also played tennis, baseball and golf during his middle school and high school career.
While he wants to win, May said that is not his main focus on the court, field or track. Competing hard is.
May said the Harrisburg Academy basketball team last year fielded a roster of only about seven players and came away with only two wins in the season, proving room for growth this year.
“It’s very challenging and exciting to go out there against much better teams and try to pull something out,” May said. “We have to grow so much, and I’m just trying to take that leadership role and try to have us all grow together and get some good wins.”
It’s all about being a leader on the team, he said. This is has helped him grow as a leader outside of athletics, as well.
“I think I’m most proud of how much I’ve developed as a leader over the past couple year,” he said. “I went from being a shy, introverted kid to being a very outspoken person on the basketball team and taking on more responsibilities in school, out of school, in Boy Scouts and all my extracurriculars.”