Wesley Richelderfer
Student, Class of 2027

Extracurricular Activities

- Varsity Baseball - Varsity Basketball - Internship with Campos-Sage - Volunteering as a teacher's assistant and tutor at the elementary school

A Little Bit About Me

I grew up in Southeast Portland until my family moved to Beavercreek after my fourth-grade year to escape our little neighborhood that had slowly been overcome with violence and drugs. Upon moving to Beavercreek, I transferred to the Colton School District and have enjoyed my remaining years of middle and high school in the Colton district. At Colton, I have had the chance to bond with my entire class due to the small class sizes, and I have been able to take all sorts of advanced and interesting classes that have cultivated my interests into what they are today. I am also a very active person as I play basketball and baseball throughout my school, and I ride dirt bikes, mountain bikes, snowboard, and wakeboard. Overall, I’ve done my best to live life to the fullest and push myself.

Why I Chose Oregon Tech and My Major

I chose Oregon Tech because I had always heard great things about Oregon Tech graduates from teachers and my father. They also had a program that really interested me in Software Engineering Technology. I was attracted to this program since it gives me a chance to work with both hardware and software, and I had always been interested in working with technology. I also took coding classes in high school.

My Greatest Learning Experience

My greatest learning experience in high school involved taking a summer term college course with Clackamas Community College. I took the first class in the calculus series, MTH-251, and since it was a summer term class, it was dramatically shorter. This was one of the hardest classes I have ever taken due to both the workload and it being my first experience with calculus. Although it was an arduous experience, it taught me time management and workload management skills and proved very valuable.