Michael Rogers strikes a pose.
By Kaylee DavisSentinel Intern
Seventeen-year-old Michael Rogers, also known as "Brother Michael" to classmates, has just completed his tenure at Inglewood High School. An Inglewood native, Rogers graduated with a 3.5 GPA. This fall he will attend a small Christian college in Oregon, George Fox University. Rogers confides proudly, "Really my freshman year [of college] is paid for," after receiving ten scholarships toward college this school year. He is the first member of his family to attend college out of state.
Rogers was not always such a stellar student. In seventh grade, he painfully remembers receiving a GPA of between 1.0 and 1.5. Following that year, "Something went off in my head," he shares. A sudden burst of motivation sparked newfound academic focus and a 3.0 GPA the next semester. With his mother's encouragement and college in sight, he never fell below a 3.0 GPA in high school, eventually reaching a 4.0 his junior year.
In addition to top grades, Rogers became very involved in positive high school activities. He served as president of AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination), a College Summit peer leader who counseled other seniors in the college application process, a member of Earth Club, and a member of the scholarship program of the Angel City Chapter of the Links. Rogers also worked as head cameraman in the media department of the former Covenant Worship Center. Some of his more leisure activities include playing basketball and reading. Rogers is currently reading a book recommended and written by his life coach, Can't Shove a Great Life Into a Small Dream.
An aspiring electrical engineer due his interest in "Iron Man" as a child, Rogers says one of his favorite activities is "constantly thinking of new ideas of things to invent and things to fix." He has created a handheld model of the Xbox360 console called the Xbox180, which is a portable version of the gaming system. He felt "Microsoft was losing the race" in the age of the PSP and Game Boy. Rogers has almost completed this model and also is working on a defense weapon for the army. "A lot of times I'll just let my mind roam; I'll create different things," he says. He plans to eventually patent these models per his grandmother's suggestion. He expresses, "I'll see if I can get those ideas off the ground."
While Rogers attributes his success and determination to his ambition, courage, caring heart, honesty, and determination, he recognizes others' involvement in his achievements. Of his mother, he says, "She's really what has helped me get through this high school career." He also attributes success to his younger sister, who inspires him, his AVID college teacher, and various friends. He asserts that surrounding himself with motivational people has been crucial to his success and provides him with the strength necessary to face obstacles, specifically dealing with his absent father.
A strong advocate against complacency, Rogers encourages other students not to be complacent. "Motivation is key," he emphasizes. Rogers also advises students: "The sky is not the limit. It's from here and beyond." These high ideals have contributed directly to his accomplishments. Now Rogers plans to tackle college with the same determination and confidently faces upcoming classes of Calculus I and Calculus II with poise.