Senior Jonathan Kagoo '18: Innovator
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Senior Jonathan Kagoo '18: Innovator


To some, those are just random numbers, but to senior Jonathan Kagoo '18, this is a score that represents four years of countless hours spent after school, sleepless nights and pure determination.

The difference is only twelve points, but those twelve points earned Kagoo and the Lausanne robotics team the school’s first-ever robotics state championship. Jonathan has been the team’s driver all four years and hopes to either work for NASA or Space-X to build exoplanetary rovers. Don’t feel bad if you need to Google that!

Though he is still waiting to hear from his top college choice, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT,) he has already been accepted into Mississippi State, Purdue and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He plans to major in aerospace engineering.      

Jonathan first came to Lausanne as a fifth-grader. He said his parents wanted to make sure every academic opportunity was afforded to him. Needless to say, he has not hesitated to be involved while attending Lausanne. The graduating senior is president of the robotics club, co-president of the back-to-back state championship Knowledge Bowl team, co-president of both the history and science bowls and an accomplished trombone player for the Memphis Youth Symphony and Lausanne band.

“The best thing about Lausanne is the ability to show it students how to be innovative, which drives creation and Lausanne develops these innovators from a young age,” said the 2018 class member. “That’s how we change the world, not with conflict, or violence, but with innovators.”

Jonathan has been an innovator since the moment he set foot on our campus, and we have every confidence he’s going to leave as a world-changer.

Posted by Carrie Robinson at 08:23