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Blue Springs resident and recent Tupelo High School alumnus Ryan Hollis has recently been accepted into the Georgia Institute of Technology for computer engineering.
Ryan’s mother, Blue Springs Alderman Leanna Hollis couldn’t be more proud of her son.
“He is moving far away, but I am so proud and excited for him. I know he will do well there, but he will have to study a lot harder there than in high school,” she said.
Georgia Tech is ranked number four in the country for engineering, just behind Massachusetts Institute of Technology and California Institute of Technology.
Hollis said, “I like computers. It is interesting to me that you can invent something new. I am really excited about starting college. I have never been on my own before and has never moved before.”
In high school, he graduated with honors, was active in 4-H and showed horses and livestock.
Hollis is pursuing a Bachelors degree and Masters degree and wants to eventually get a job at a major corporation like Google or Apple.
One of the local ways that he has used his passion for computers is by helping out Blue Springs. His high school senior project was to build a website for the Village of Blue Springs. The website is www.bluespringsms.com.
“I plan to be involved in the study abroad program and travel. I am also excited that I will have a roommate from China. That will be pretty neat to be able to learn from him,” said Hollis.
Hollis will not have transportation while he is at Georgia Tech, but there is a campus transit system and a public transportation system in Atlanta.
“I have to study a lot harder than in high school. I had a 3.6 GPA in high school and got a 32 on the ACT, but I heard that the classes here are difficult and take a lot of discipline,” said Hollis.
He went to orientation recently and got to hang out with people that are already in college, did a ropes course, rafting, and was able to ask questions about campus life there.
This summer he has spent his time building barbed wire fences.
Hollis’s advice to incoming freshmen is: “Find whatever you like to do and do your best at it.”
Hollis is the son of Leanna and Marshall Hollis.