Teen of the Week: Lowe seeks to help others

Photos provided Ripley High School senior John Alex Lowe is a programmer in his school’s VEX Robotics program. He says he has a love of science and technology born out of curiosity in how things work and how things are made.

RIPLEY — Ripley High School senior John Alex Lowe excels at academics, but what he really wants is to help himself and others succeed at their dreams and goals.

The 17-year-old carries a 4.0 gpa and takes Advanced Placement Physics as a virtual school class. During his four years of high school, he has been involved with the Academic Team, the Science Bowl Team, the History Bowl Team, is a member of the Golf team, National Honor Society, Hi-Y/YLA, Mu Alpha Theta, Rho Kappa and Robotics.

“Our school runs a VEX Robotics program,” Lowe said. “I’m one of the programmers in the class. We program this bot and play a game where you have to stack cones on top of cones.”

Lowe said his love of science and technology comes from a place of curiosity. When he was little, he had a book about the periodic table.

“I was fascinated there were so many elements. I didn’t know what half of it meant, but I read it all the time,” he said. “I’ve always been interested in knowing how things work and how things are made.”

Lowe said he hopes to put that drive and curiosity to use in making things better for the people around him.

“I’m still unsure of what kind of career I want to go into,” he said. “I know I want to do something to help myself and others succeed. Ultimately everyone in life wants to be successful and happy. It would be nice to be able to do that for myself and others.”

Lowe said Barbara Heckert, a science teacher at Ripley High School, has been a source of inspiration.

“She’s the coach of our quiz bowl team. She is one of the best teachers at our school,” Lowe said. “I like how she is so passionate about teaching, and I’d like to be passionate that way too.”