BERRYVILLE — Ian Lettau is following his older sister and going to Virginia Tech in the fall, but he’ll be marching to the beat of his own drum.
The 17-year-old Clarke County High School senior plans to major in computer science and minor in music.
Ian has been the trombone section leader for Clarke’s marching band since freshman year. He has been a member of the school’s indoor drumline all four years too.
His interest in computer science began, naturally, online.
“One night, I found a website called Code Academy. I loved it, and it really made sense to me,” Ian said. “I’d like to work for a software company and maybe one day own my own company.”
Ian said music is a huge part of his life, and he plans to be part of Tech’s marching band.
“Technology and music go together,” he said. “They are both creative, and both involve math.”
Ian and his mother, Lisa Giglio, live in Berryville. His older sister studies economics at Tech.
Ian has a GPA of 4.52 on a five-point scale, taking Honors and International Baccalaureate classes. He is ranked 16th in a class of 180 at Clarke County High School.
Ian was inducted into the National Honor Society in his junior year. He has received the President’s Award for Educational Excellence and the CCHS Academic Excellence Award in both his junior and senior years as well as numerous awards for marching band, drumline and jazz.
He established and managed an after-school music tutoring program at Johnson-Williams Middle School.
He has worked as a 4-H camp counselor and as a support associate for a medical counseling center in Reston.
Letters of recommendation for the Star Leadership Award call Ian “extraordinary” and “a pillar” with a “solid moral compass.”
“I’m motivated by a want to do good. I want to be the best version of me,” he said. “I’m very excited about college.
“Virginia Tech is big, but I’ve been to Virginia Tech, and I see people who treat each other like family.”
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