Hi, I'm John Holbrook. I do lots of things, but these days I'm mostly a student at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, where I'm pursuing a B.S. in Computer Science. (I have a page on the Ohio U. CS Department web server with more information about my academic persuits.)
I'm particularly interested in educational robotics competitions, and much of my spare time is spent volunteering at educational robotics events, including FIRST LEGO League, VEX Robotics Competition, and VEX IQ Challenge events. I mostly volunteer at events organized by the West Virginia Robotics Alliance, though I also help out with a few VRC events in Ohio when time allows.
I grew up racing sailboats in the summer months. During the summers of 2015-2018, I worked as an instructor at the Orleans Yacht Club Junior Sailing Program in Orleans, Massachusetts, where I helped to instruct children ages 8-18 in sailing, from beginner to advanced levels. From 2012 to 2016, I was also a member of the program's 420 race team.
I'm also involved with Ohio University's student-run club sailing team. For calendar year 2019, I am the team's Fleet Captain & Safety Officer, with responsibility for equipment maintenance and member safety during practices and regattas. I previously filled this role in calendar year 2017. In 2018, I was the team's President & Commodore, overseeing the team's operation and ensuring compliance with university and conference rules.
I grew up in Huntington, West Virginia, where in 2016 I graduated from Huntington High School. While there, I helped found the school's VEX Robotics Competition and Science Olympiad teams.
There used to be a joke at the end of this bio about how pompous it was to write a bio of oneself in the third person. Now that I've rewritten the bio in the first person, that joke doesn't really fit anymore.
I have a nasty habit of taking too long to update the copyright date at the bottom of every page:
|2016||July 2||183 days|
|2017||February 26||56 days|
|2018||February 8||39 Days|
|2019||March 8||66 Days ☹️|