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I was born on November 5, 1983 to my parent Mike and Betty and have a younger brother, Jeff. My dad and I have enjoyed many adventures throughout the country, and my mother and I have done many activities together from teaching me the finer points of laundry, cooking and baking, cleaning, sewing.
I attended St. Charles West High School, and graduated with honors in June of 2002. In December 2006 after 4.5 years graduated from the University of Missouri - Rolla (now Missouri University of Science and Technology), with a BS degree in mechanical engineering. During my time there I was active in a variety of organizations: UMR Newman Center, Thomas Jefferson Hall Association, Residence Hall Association, and the National Residence Hall Honorary. During the 03-04 and 04-05 school years I was a Resident Assistant, during the 05-06 I was the President of the Thomas Jefferson Hall Association, and spent several semesters as the Secretary/Treasurer of National Residence Hall Honorary. Also during my time at UMR I did many crazy things such as: wrestle in ramen, duct taped to a wall, nakie time at football games, and much, much more.
During my may years with the Boy Scouts, I had the opportunities to participate in many fun and challenging activities, including three trips to Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, NM, and a trip to the Boundary Waters in Minnesota. While at Philmont I have been able to experience the great views that Philmont has to offer, including those from, Mt. Baldy, Mt, Phillips, and the Tooth of Time. I have completed numerous mile swims, and have camped over 100 nights of camping and have hiked over 500 miles. On July 19, 1999, I earned the Rank of Eagle Scout.
I resided in St. Peters, MO until I moved to Newport News, VA in May 2007 to pursue a career at with Huntington Ingalls Industries at their shipyard in Newport News, VA. I perform structural analysis on equipment which used in construction and overhaul of the carriers. I have had many interesting projects which have provided me many challenges. Working in a shipyard which builds 95,000 ton carriers, makes a lot of things seems very small/light. A 3400 pound stock car seems light when chucks of pipe, the size of me weigh, 5000 pounds.
I enjoy watching auto racing, especially the National Association Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR). I believe the Camping World Truck Series is the best racing NASCAR has to offer and has hosted some of the best racing I have seen in recent years. Even though he may be gone, Dale Earnhardt is still my favorite driver.
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