Logan Baker’s dreams are up in the air, but that doesn’t mean he has his head in the clouds or his eyes firmly fixed on his future.
The 17-year-old Boiling Spring High School senior was recently accepted into Penn State University to study aerospace engineering.
“My dad’s a math teacher, so I kind of got my start in math early,” Baker said. “I really could multiply even before I could read. ... I was doing math from a really young age and I always really like the challenge. I think my way of thinking makes it easy for me for math and science.”
Baker is a standout student, ranking near the top of his class, while holding down multiple extracurricular activities.
He recently earned the gold key scholastic writing award, second place for video production at the regional competition for Technology Student Association and holds varsity letters in band, academics and soccer.
Baker’s early exposure to math and science has propelled him toward a career in that field. He said he confirmed his desire to pursue engineering by studying physics in high school.
“I chose aerospace (engineering) because I really like physics,” Baker said. “…I took the class and I absolutely loved it. It was a whole lot of fun and I’m sure right now that I want to go into aerospace engineering.”
Baker said he is unsure whether he wants to work for a company like Space X, a private company dedicated to advancing space travel, of if he would rather help design planes that stay inside the atmosphere at a company like Lockheed Martin.
Although he has only flown in a helicopter once and was too young to remember his only trip on an airplane, Baker said he is excited to be part of designing vehicles that take flight.
“A long time ago, I like to research space and stuff like that,” he said. “So, I guess it kind of put together my interest in space with my interest in math and science and physics and that stuff. ... It’s kind of a cool factor to me, building a rocket or building a jet fighter.
“In fourth grade I was in a gifted class ... and our teacher had us do a paper airplane project,” he said. “I still remember that was the greatest project I’ve ever done. I absolutely loved that project. I don’t know why but I keep on going back to that memory as where I started to want to make planes.”
Baker’s resume is impressive, but he said it is not his academic or scholastic achievements that he is most proud of, but his growth as a person.
“I don’t think any of my accomplishments on that list is something I would say is the most impressive,” Baker said. “I think the most impressive thing is that I’ve grown up and expanded my social skills beyond what I ever though was possible.
“In middle school I was really shy,” he said. “I’ve had to work really hard to bring myself to talk to people and now I think I’m actually good at presenting. I can talk relaxed and easily and that’s something that’s more important than any school can teach you. You just have to kind of learn it for yourself.”