BATH TOWNSHIP — Derek Inskeep, 16, a senior at Bath High School, is hoping to pursue a career in engineering in college.
“More specifically, probably computer engineering, looking more into the hardware development side more than the computer science software side,” he said.
It’s a skill he’s picked up from his father.
“I’ve been on computers for a long time. My dad, he’s a firefighter but kind of part-time on the side he runs a business where he helps people with their computers. He kind of raised me with a knowledge base of computers so it’s always something I’ve enjoyed, always been proficient at so it’s something that I can see myself doing for the next 40 years of my life,” he said.
He hasn’t picked a college yet and is keeping his options open.
Inskeep was a member of the Allen Lima Leadership Youth Leadership program.
“It was a good experience. It was about our leadership qualities which I kind of hope to put to use. I’m the treasurer for our NHS (National Honor Society). I’m my 4-H club’s secretary, I have been for multiple years. It’s just one of those things I hope to take with me after high school,” he said.
Inskeep is also a member of the marching as well as the symphonic bands where he plays the clarinet. He’s also a member of the Lima Symphony Youth Orchestra.
“Playing with people that are, I think, a lot more skilled, a lot better than I am then learning from them is always a good experience,” he said.
He’s learned much playing in the band.
“I think in everything there’s a personal aspect that you have to want it and try for yourself and strive for perfection in yourself but there’s also the aspect of working with your peers because you can be the best player of an instrument but if you’re the only one in tune and everybody else is out of tune it’s better to be out of tune with them. You have to work as a group to get the sound that you’re looking for and I think that’s something that has really helped me working with other people who may be better than me, who may be worse than me,” he said.
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