Athletics


Position
Primary Position Starboard
Secondary Positions Prt, Scl
Physical Attributes
Bench Press (max) Wingspan Years rowing
170 - -
Rowing Honors

Personal hobby only. I do not expect scholarship in this area but want to crew, all four years, with good coaching. I am large enough and think I would do well on a college team. I spend time during summers in Boston and I know this is my sport of choice. I will attend the crew camp at the Naval Academy this summer. I have the necessary determination, physique and timing required to contribute and make a team successful.

Rowing Additional

Being from Mississippi, our opportunities are limited. The closest CLUB team to my current Math and Science High School is approximately 250 miles away at Rhodes College in Memphis (and I am obviously not a student there).
I am 6' 2" tall, currently weigh 183 lbs. I am built for crew.

Academics


GPA
SAT Reading
SAT Writing
SAT Math
SAT Score (Composite)
ACT Score (Composite)
High School
Ms School For Math And Science
School City
COLUMBUS
School State
MS
Guidance Counselor
Cindy Wiygul
Guidance Counselor Phone
Guidance Counselor Email
Class Size
125
School Size
240
TOEFL Score
Class Rank
3
School Division
-
Major Category
Business Mgmt and Admin. Services
Major
Accounting
Major Category
Engineering
Major
Engineering Physics
Major Category
Engineering
Major
Mechanical Engineering
Other Academic Information
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Personal


First Name
Gunner
Last Name
Spahn
Address
City
State
Zip
Country
Email
Phone
Athlete's Mother
Athlete's Father
Gender
M
Height
6'2"
Weight
180
Birthdate
NCAA Clearinghouse ID
Personal Highlights

For two years, I attended Senatobia Jr./Sr. High School. GPA, 3.92, unweighted, 3rd in class. For 11-12th grades, I was selected to attend Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science. I live in university dorm and am acclimated to university life and responsibilities. The school is ranked #57 nationally and is extremely rigorous academically with little opportunity for sports. The school code is 251409.
Junior year classes include, Fundamentals of higher math + lab, Trigonometry+lab, AP Physics + lab, second year Chemistry + lab, University English, University History, Honors German, 1960's US History and Honors Economics.
Senior Year Classes will be Calculus, 1&2 + labs, AP Physics 2 + lab, a second year Biology + lab, AP Statistics, AP Government, Second year University English, a Research Class and WW2 History.
Scholarship from NSA to study university Mandarin 101 and 102 and received a 4.0 GPA, last summer. I have been awarded the second year scholarship to study Mandarin 201,202. This completes 12 hours of foreign language from the University of Mississippi, hopefully transferable and not my intended major.
Attended various summer sessions as follows:
ID TECH Programming Academy at MIT, modding in Java. One college science credit from Stanford
Brown University, Analytic and Creative Writing
Duke University, Physics
University of Georgia, Game Theory
Rice University, Biomed Engineering
University of Alabama at Birmingham, Orbital Mechanics via NASA. One college science credit issued via UAB.
SAT scores as soon as they are available.
Thank you for your consideration.

Additional Questions:
Why do you want to be recruited to play sports in college?
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Athletes are often leaders on and off the field. Please provide one example of how you have demonstrated leadership in both areas.

When I transferred 250 miles away from home to a math and science school for 11th grade, I knew there would be very few opportunities for sports. It's a tough school but I now understand why they are ranked #57 in the country. The school has strict schedules and mandatory evening study hours. Having only two hours in the afternoon to blow off steam, I looked for options.
I joined the Martial Arts club as it was something which always interested me. I enjoyed MuayThai and Parkour. I was elected VP and will serve as President next year. Things were going well when I met a girlfriend, Kristin, who is petite and brilliant. She is, however, passive and insecure. I was worried about her when I was not around or in the future, when we both went on to college. I began to teach her self-defense/date-rape moves. Her girlfriends became interested. I started a program for the girls. We are now one of the largest clubs on campus. No, I cannot see immediate results from these efforts but I know, one day, it may help one young woman who was part of MY community. It was the right thing to do.

Please explain how you pursue "healthy athletic performance" as a student-athlete.

As a freshman football player, I was 6' 2", and weighed 235 lbs. Before 10th grade, the entire coaching staff was fired. We knew there were problems. Without football workouts, I suddenly realized I was fat and most of my friends were fat too.
That summer, between 9th and 10th grade, I went to a programming academy at MIT, an intensive analytical writing session at Brown, competed in Robotics nationals in Orlando, and went to NASA for Advanced Pilot Track Training in orbital mechanics. I spent a lot of time in airports and ate a lot of dorm food. At NASA, during a briefing, I learned how astronauts ate. It clicked in my head. I pushed aside the french fries and started grabbing green apples. Over the following 9 months, I dropped 55lbs, spent almost every day in the gym and developed aerobic endurance by trying to keep up with the girls. I rowed, boxed, stair stepped, and ran. I plateaued, so, I changed my diet. I am now in the best shape of my life but can still do more. I like being healthy.
As a member of the Governor's Student Advisory Board on Teen Health, I am often chosen to speak. I encourage those who are overweight to go slowly and develop a plan for life-long health. That way, habits are changed. We also strongly focus on mental health, alcohol abuse, illegal and legal drugs which are so prevalent on campuses today. Both my father and my step-father abused alcohol. I saw what it did to my family and thus, I don't drink. I am not opposed to those who do, it's just very personal for me. At MSMS, we do not have the usual problems of teen pregnancy. The students are very aware of their potential careers. As a group, we are very humbled to be selected to this school and receive a free education. We all, implicitly, understand the obligation to lead in the future.

Please describe how you are involved in service in your community and why these efforts are important to you.

I live in a small town. Everyone knows everyone and they all know your parents. There is no escaping sense of community, even if I wanted. For years, I saw this as intrusive and a burden but now, I believe it made me better. Here, there is no anonymity and we are all responsible for our actions...forever.
I was a boy scout and did every kind of service project imaginable. Yet today, we hear "community service" and it usually coincides with "resume building". I have friends who log service hours but do not really understand the concept. I confess, I did not understand either until I led, what turned into, a very large community project.

My school's robotics and science clubs did not extend beyond 9th grade. As Captain of robotics team which placed 10th/389 at nationals the prior year, our team wanted to continue for the remainder of high school. My school administration resisted, so, I started a Tech Club, allowing students to compete in Robotics,Science Olympiad, and many other competitions. It took 20 months of effort and I started with nothing. I built a FIRST FRC team from scratch, winning grants from NASA and others. I visited many local businesses, recruited team members, constantly appealed to new demands from the administration, learned to program, traveled, recruited mentors, raised more money, started a junior team to mentor a "bench", settled personal problems between bullies, victims and team members, and then, built robots, bridges and competed. I got a small taste of what it's like to be a coach and it was overwhelming. It was the best thing I've ever done.
Yet, it was not the best part of the story.
The best part of the story was what happened to other students and the town.

Suddenly, I was really in charge. I had 40 people interested but only so many hands can build a robot and some competitions are seasonal. To keep people engaged, I added a service project for "Teens for Jeans". We had one member, Jessica, who stuttered, wore thick glasses, was extremely unattractive and annoying. While others wanted to get rid of her, I wanted females on the team, specifically, because our last advisor would not allow females on the team. Yes, really. Well, Jessica ended up saving the team.

While a few of us worked on the mechanics of building robots, others worked on the Jeans campaign, which I also led. The jeans were for the homeless, 1/3rd of which are under age 18 and students, just like us. The entire community became involved and we did better than any other school within 250 miles. We were on the front page of the local paper for weeks. I shaved my head when we made a goal; the Fire Chief and Mayor shaved when we made other goals. The press we received helped the Tech Club. We were building momentum and the townspeople were talking about us.
Parents with younger children stopped me in the grocery store to ask me about robots, balsa wood bridges, STEM camps, etc. They asked me to speak at other clubs. It was changing our town - MY community. Everything was rolling along nicely when one of the mentors had emergency surgery. We were devastated and unsure of the team's future.
Awkwardly at first, Jessica, whom everyone thought was the annoying one, took over the mentor's duties for the team. She came to our house every afternoon. I began to understand, respect and encourage her. Within six weeks, Jessica was an organizational genius. She handled our travel schedules, put together a scrapbook, and arranged meetings with 501C3 foundations. I applauded her effort. As if by magic, Jessica didn't stutter anymore.
I remember packing for regional competition when I saw Jessica ordering people around. I stopped and watched. While I was proud of our team, the experience truly changed her. Perhaps, true leadership is not so much about developing one's own character as it is about allowing for leadership qualities to develop within others. Now, I look for the Jessica's in other clubs.
Because of an afterthought service project for our Tech Club, I was selected for a national board with DoSomething.org to develop future charitable projects in conjunction with various Fortune 500 companies. This work affects my larger community, my country. I was also chosen by our Governor, Phil Bryant, for a Student Advisory Board on Teen Health to begin to impact students from all over the state. We reduced teen pregnancy 15% in 22 counties within a year.

I started a Tech Club because of my own interests. Never could I have imagined how many ripples of influence it would create. It was the hardest thing I've ever done but it was the right thing to do. You just can't ever be afraid to take ownership and start.

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