Patrick Spieker has demonstrated high achievements in several arenas, including academics, athletics and extra-curricular activities. Ranked No. 1 academically, he’s a three-sport athlete and a leader on and off the sports field.
Spieker has been pursuing his interest in technology through involvements such as the Gig Harbor High School Tech Club and the Washington Aerospace Scholars program.
Through the tech club, he won first place at state level in extemporaneous speaking on a technology topic, and placed second nationally in Student Technology Association competitions. He also led an animatronics team that created a robot to mimic crabs.
“Upon joining the club as a sophomore, his goals, leadership, curiosity and drive immediately positioned him at the top of the pack,” said Stan Noel, a retired electrical-design engineer and the adviser of the Gig Harbor High Tech Club.
Spieker became self-taught in computer science and helped fellow students learn the basics as well. With the help of a classmate, he established a computer science club at the school, recruiting others to create their own curriculum where the school didn’t offer an official one.
“They have also contributed to STEM educational programs being integrated in our high school,” said math teacher Phyllis Payne. “His desire to give to others is personally exciting, rewarding and encouraging.”
He was selected for a paid internship by a local cloud-computing company, and hopes that some day he can run his own business.
“The idea of being my own boss appeals to me — the idea of being able to have responsibility for the company, and be able to create something and shape it,” he said.
Noel described Spieker as being “packed with entrepreneurial spirit.”
“I’ve experienced a handful of high-tech startups in Silicon Valley and I suspect he’s an embryonic high-tech CEO,” he said.
Spieker became involved in sports when he was young and considers tennis and basketball his favorites.
“Sports, to me, are a stress release. I like academic stuff but it builds up stress, so I can blow off steam with sports,” he said. “It helps me stay focused.”
He said not all academic subjects are naturally intuitive to him so it takes him a high degree of focus to maintain his perfect GPA. He credits his parents and his teachers with inspiring a love of learning.
Spieker plans to study computer science in college. He hasn’t selected a school yet, but hopes to follow an entrepreneurial path in starting his own software company.