By Warwick Valley Central School District Superintendent Dr. David Leach
Anyone who has had to contend with an uncooperative computer knows how great it is when somebody like Ethan Maguire shows up.
Printer won’t work? Photoshop won’t open? Can’t figure out why the mouse won’t talk to the monitor or what cord to plug into which outlet to get Internet access, and if it doesn’t get fixed soon you’re going to miss deadline and/or the late bus?
Enter Ethan is the quiet trouble shooter and problem-solver. The Warwick Valley High School senior has a talent for all things technological and has become the unofficial go-to expert when teachers and classmates hit a glitch.
He also likes it when things don’t work.
“Sometimes the problem is the computer, sometimes it’s people, and sometimes it’s both at the same time,” says Ethan. “But it makes me feel accomplished when I figure out the problem.”
Ethan loves computers – says they’re awesome – but he also knows that not everyone shares his fascination over how they work, or his talent for fixing them when they don’t. That’s why he does not make anyone feel embarrassed if they need his help.
Art teacher Terry McLoughlin said that Ethan is a valuable asset in her yearbook class because he is often able to fix computer problems on the spot, enabling the class to continue without interruption. He also helps out behind the scenes in the “tech booth” during school plays and productions.
‘He is always eager to volunteer and help,” said McLoughlin.
This past summer Ethan worked as an intern with the Warwick Valley Central School District’s technology team, honing his skills. After graduation he plans to study computer programming and software development. His goal is to work for Apple, where he hopes to develop technology that improves lives.
“I’d like to come up with something people use every day,” he said. “It feels good when I know I’ve helped someone.”
Each week, Warwick Valley Central School District Superintendent Dr. David Leach shines the “The Superintendent Spotlight” on one of Warwick Valley’s amazing students. “Superintendent’s Spotlight” features students who reach goals, face challenges, and are role models to their peers.