FAIRFIELD — Working hard paid off for future engineering student Brendon O’Hara-Leid.
The Fairfield High School graduate is headed to California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo in the fall.
He thanks traits instilled by his mother and father for his academic success – as well as teachers, including Brian Swetland, the school’s band director.
“It has a lot of to do with the support around me,” O’Hara-Leid said of succeeding in school.
He was fourth in his class of 287 students.
Asked how parents can help steer students toward academic success, O’Hara-Leid suggests encouraging whatever school subjects their sons and daughters show an interest in – while also providing direction.
O’Hara-Leid will take to Cal Poly an affection for work that engineering demands.
“I love math and science,” he said. “I love to construct and build things.”
His interest in construction starts with things as small as computer chips.
It’s not all work for the Cal Poly-bound student. O’Hara-Leid’s favorite film comedy is the 2008 movie “Step Brothers” and he likes action films, including those based on Marvel Comics characters.
But engineering remains his passion – and whenever challenges have arisen, his answer has been to apply himself even more.
“I’ve always worked at it harder,” O’Hara-Leid said.
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