WAPAKONETA — John Doll, 17 and a senior at Wapakoneta High School, has his sights on attending Miami University [of Ohio] next fall.
He is hoping to study computer science and mathematics, eventually entering the Internet Technology field.
“It seems like it is expanding and it’s also something that interests me a lot. I’ve always been fascinated with computers,” said Doll.
It’s a fascination that’s made him popular with his parents.
“Whenever our WiFi router stops working at home, I’m always the one who fixes it,” he noted.
Doll has a 4.0 GPA and is on the academic quiz bowl team.
At the WBL tournament in May at The Ohio State University-Lima campus, he was named the best player for the Wapakoneta High School team.
Doll is already working on getting college credits before graduating high school. He should have over 30 by the time he graduates.
“I’ve taken all of the college credit classes except for one,” he said.
Doll is very busy during the school year and has to make some sacrifices.
“You have to sacrifice something and you sacrifice your sleep. I go to be after midnight probably every day and I’m usually at school like 7 or so until 10 every day because I have some club or some meeting to go to,” he said.
He’s also president of the National Honor Society at Wapakoneta High School. He’s historian for the French Club, secretary for Gatekeepers and treasurer for Octagon Club.
“Octagon is a service club that is sponsored by the Optimists and we do a lot of service projects. We go to the Gardens once a month and talk to the elderly. We clean up the football stadium after home games. We do highway cleanup. We design the shirts for the Pinkout game,” said Doll.
Doll is involved in cross country, something he’s been involved with since Jr. High.
“I’m second on our team and my personal best time is at 17:36. The best place I’ve finished is third place at the Auglaize County meet in August,” he said.
He says he really enjoys cross country.
“Sometimes, like, it’s just really like soothing. Sometime we’ll do speed workouts and that’s really rough but when you go on a long run it kind of clears your mind. I like that,” he said.
So what does he like about life in the Wapakoneta schools?
“Obviously, my friends. I love to talk to all of the teachers. I try and make it as fun as I can without breaking any rules,” said Doll.
Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.