When Logan Hudnall was in third grade, he remembers doing a fun experiment with batteries and wires. That experience started his interest in robotics and engineering, which he followed up in fourth grade with winning first place in a robotics contest. He took technology classes and kept studying robotics throughout junior high.
Because of his dedication and hard work, he entered his first year of high school at Omaha North having earned a spot in not one but two prestigious programs—the Nebraska College Preparatory Academy and North’s engineering pathway through Project Lead the Way—both of which combine rigorous college preparatory courses and instruction to develop the skills and discipline needed to be successful in college.
Logan takes hands-on classes such as Introduction to Engineering Design, Principles of Engineering, Digital Electronics, and Computer Integrated Manufacturing.
Yet his interests go beyond science. He’s a member of the French club, through which he has enjoyed helping to build the club’s homecoming float and going to a French restaurant to practice the language. He’s also a member of the gaming club in addition to being an NCPA scholar.
He appreciates the connections he’s made in NCPA. He’s built better relationships with the peers he met in middle school and has learned from the experiences of the college scholars he’s met through the program.
Logan also appreciates the structure NCPA added to his high school experience, which he says helped him maintain a level of accountability, so he was sure to do his best and not just get by.
NCPA has been a positive experience for his family, too, which includes his parents, an older sibling and two younger siblings. His parents both have two-year degrees. NCPA has given him the opportunity to be the first in his family to get a four-year degree and help support his family.
His goals for the future are to graduate from college with a degree in electrical engineering and go to work for HDR or OPPD. When he retires, he looks forward to helping people with their electronics and taking up cooking.
As he finishes up his senior year at North, he would advise students thinking about applying to NCPA to pay attention to the details, take their time on the essay and ask for help if they need it. “Just relax and do your best.”