"I am going to be a Junior at Miami University this Fall, studying architectural design. I grew up in Melbourne, KY (about 20 minutes South of Cincinnati, OH) and had previously attended private, Catholic grade, middle, and high schools. All of which, I feel have had a great impact on me and how I have grown and become the person I am today. I grew up loving to play with Legos and to just build structures out of the buckets of Legos I had stockpiled over the years, that passion and love to design and structure led me to architecture and Miami University; wasn't a good enough math student for engineering. I haven't questioned my decision to pursue architecture once, despite the long hours, work load, and stress that it entails I love every second of it. Receiving this award is an absolute blessing and honor for me, the fact that my fellow peers consider me to be a portion of the man that I personally have heard Joseph Veasey described as touches me dearly. It means a lot and I hope I can do Joe and his family proud with the award that I have been given. My future plans are to find whatever I am most passionate about and follow it with all my heart and soul, I would like to continue as I am now. Learn, grow, and become successful; not quite sure how I plan to quantify my success in life, but I feel I am on the right track."