Albert Einstein once said, “Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.” Short but poignant, this quote captures Oghenetegiri “TG” Sido’s approach to life. Blessed with a propensity for learning, he is an AP Scholar with Distinction who has not only earned a perfect score on the SAT but has also become a finalist in both the National Achievement and National Merit competitions. However, if asked about his achievements, he will first point to his second place finishes in computer programming at LAMP Technology Olympiad and in mathematics at Alabama State Math Olympiad.
Immensely thankful for these accolades, TG undoubtedly derives the most joy from working in the Montgomery, Alabama area. As National Honor Society president, he organized a blood drive in which over 100 students and parents donated and a canned food drive for the local food bank. Additionally, as Junior Civitan treasurer, he managed service project funds that were used to purchase bikes and Christmas presents for local Montgomery children who had experienced the pain of homelessness.
TG not only serves as an organizer in leadership but also in the community as a title−less volunteer. He volunteers as a peer tutor at his local library and helped coach the varsity volleyball team at his high school. Each opportunity has given him the means to share his love of community and the individuals that comprise it.
In the future, TG plans to major in Computer Science at Stanford University, so that along with acquiring the expertise to become a successful software engineer, he can continue to impact the community around him. He plans to use the technical skills that he will gain in college to host technology extravaganzas where he can expose local youth to the wonders of app development and web design.
More than anything, TG desires to use his gifts to serve those around him in a way that targets both his peers and the upcoming generation.