Andrew C. Wiles
School: Hammond High School
Andrew, a senior, is a member of the National Honor Society and has a 4.0 grade point average for four years in his Gifted and Talented and Advanced Placement courses.
He is a member of the Drama Honor Society and has appeared with the school's Night Choir and Madrigal group.
Andrew is the only high school student member of the Columbia Pro Cantare.
He has been selected by his school to be a 1995 Howard County High School Scholar, for which he will attend "An Evening of Excellence" at Howard Community College. The top 5 percent of seniors are invited.
As a member of the Drama Club, Andrew built an unconventional set with four 12-by-6 foot arches in faux marble and stone and on wheels for the musical "The Sound of Music," performed at his school.
Andrew is in his school's mentorship program and works at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory. On a computer, he is creating an animation of the solar system and rendezvous of the Near Earth Orbit Rendezvous (NEAR) space probe with an asteroid.
Andrew volunteers with the Christmas in April program and designed a computer program for a handicapped child who could not use a computer without help.
Plans: Andrew will go to the University of Virginia in the fall to study engineering.
His comments: "My mom and dad were into drama. My mom is a singer. I picked my love of drama up from them. My father and mother were drama minors in college. My father wanted to be an engineer, and he taught me how to draft and build set designs."
On balancing his school life, he said all the work has serious "points of stress."
"When I have things to do it eventually all gets done. I am a procrastinator, but the stress of having to do it makes me do it better."
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