It’s tempting to describe Ryan Lewis as a typical overachieving high school student, and he surely fits that description.
Lewis, a Grand County High School student who sports a 4.0 GPA, is also a member of National Honor Society, a Science Olympiad participant and an accomplished long distance runner. However, to describe Lewis by only a single one of these accolades would fail to convey the fact that Lewis is not like any of his other classmates.
He said he has always had a self-described passion for science.
“I have always been into science even as a kid, at nine or ten, I would play with motors in my dad’s shop to make little boats,” Lewis said.
Lewis’ love for science has grown considerably since his time of tinkering with motors. These days, Lewis is particularly interested in physics and chemistry.
“I love finding huge pools of raw knowledge,” Lewis said. “I purposely buy books that I don’t understand. I don’t know anything so there is so much to learn.”
In the past few years Lewis has been using chemistry and physics to teach himself how to build rockets. Lewis synthesizes his own rocket fuel.
“I could build a rocket that can go a mile high,” Lewis said. “That’s not the point though. I am more interested in developing rockets. So, recently I’ve been 3D printing rockets.”
Lewis views rockets as an old-school hobby and is constantly interested in new types of sciences.
“A big thing I want to work with is aerospace,” Lewis said. “I would be working at places like NASA or Space-X.”
Lewis also has high ambitions for college and is considering several schools — but has a particular one in sight.
“If I could pick the school I wanted to go to it would be MIT,” Lewis said, adding that he understands how difficult getting accepted to such a school will be.
“I would love to go there, but you have to remember the type of people who will be going there,” Lewis said. “The average student has a 4.3 GPA and an average ACT score of 34.
While he will have to be highly competitive to get into MIT, Lewis thinks it is very possible for him —and that his passion will take him into the science field after his time at university.