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Senior Profile: James Piambino

Boy with blonde hair



Class of 2017


Home district:
Cobleskill-Richmondville Central School District

Post-graduation plans:
James will enroll at Modern Welding School.

What are the most important things that you will take from TVHS into your next steps as an adult?
I struggled with socialization when I first started here, so learning in groups is one of the biggest thing I got out of my education at Tech Valley. I learned how to collaborate. Sometimes you have to put up with people you might not want to work with, but that’s the workforce. You’re not always going to like your boss or the people you work with, but Tech Valley gave me the skills to deal with that better.

Tech Valley taught me that I can have more than just one interest. Along with a being a welder, I want to be an ethical hacker who is paid to hack into companies' networks, and report back about their system’s security flaws.

What were the highlights of your experience at TVHS?
I really enjoyed some of the field trips we’ve been on. We took a field trip to the Watervliet Arsenal and that was one of most fascinating things I had ever seen.

My Senior Project experience with NERIC is a really big takeaway. I have an internship there this summer. If I didn’t have that experience during I-Term, I wouldn’t have gotten the internship.

Coming to a different school and a different learning environment really helped me. I learn best when I’m using my hands. The academics are harder at TVHS, but it’s worth it.

Any advice for underclassmen?
Don’t worry about being popular. Focus on your academics.

What are your favorite memories of Tech Valley High?
The FIRST Robotics Competition this year at RPI was one of my favorite memories. I remember when our robot climbed a rope for the first time. I thought something would break, but the robot stayed up there. It was a happy moment seeing our robot work.

I’ll always remember Ralph, he’s my best friend. We had some good times, hanging out in class, getting work done but laughing hysterically because he said something stupid or I said something stupid. We live very far apart but we made it work.

If you could thank your home district for giving you the opportunity to attend TVHS, what would you say?
I would say thank you. I know they paid money for me to come here, and I’m very grateful for that. It’s been a good experience. I’m going to both the Tech Valley and C-R graduation ceremonies and I’m looking forward to it.

Senior Share:
I have computer servers set up in my bedroom closet and it gets really hot in there, so the windows are usually open in the winter.


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