[heading] by WYNNE LOVE | photos by Zeena Gregg Photography [/heading]

Ryan McConville has many interests, and he makes time for nearly all of them. A seventh-grader at St. Michael’s School, Ryan has earned “honors with distinction,” meaning he has received a 93% or above in all his classes, but his favorite subject is science. “I’ve always had an interest in science,” shared Ryan. “I find it interesting and I like to experiment with things and to solve problems.”

Ryan was selected as the science representative for the school’s Academic Decathlon team and serves as the Vice President of his favorite extra-curricular activity, STEM Club. “The club focuses on learning Science, Technology, Engineering and Math in a fun, hands-on environment,” explained Ryan.

“So far, we have learned about and built robots and studied forensic science, including solving a murder mystery,” Ryan elaborated. He is not intimidated by the club’s challenging projects. “It gives me the opportunity to tinker with mechanical things and to experiment,” he added.

[pullquote align=left”] “TOPS soccer gives me the opportunity to share my love of soccer with others and to give back to the community.” [/pullquote]

When he’s not delving into science, Ryan can be found out on the field or in the gym. He’s busy with athletics year-round, playing with the Poway Vaqueros Soccer Club, Poway Lacrosse, Poway Basketball and serving as a TOPS (The Outreach Program for Soccer) volunteer for challenged athletes. “TOPS soccer gives me the opportunity to share my love of soccer with others and to give back to the community,” commented Ryan. He also serves as the Commissioner of Athletics for the Student Council at St. Michael’s.

Ryan enjoys being a part of his Boy Scout troop as well. “Boy Scouts is fun because it gives me the opportunity to go hiking and camping, learn different skills, take on leadership roles and it also gives me different opportunities to volunteer and provide service to the community,” explained Ryan.

Ryan seems to have a strong moral compass. As a staff member at St. Michael’s commented, “Ryan’s teachers say he is very friendly, easy going, respectful and possesses a high sense of integrity.” Ryan says he is inspired by his grandfather, especially by his optimism and strong faith in God. One day, Ryan plans to become an engineer. In the meantime, he is teaching himself to play the ukulele and looking forward to a busy spring.

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Name: Ryan McConville
Age: 12
School: St. Michael’s School
Grade: 7th
Parents: Kelly and Lynn McConville
Siblings: Sister, Erin (15)