Spring Creek Sun: SCT Scholarship Winner - Devonte Griffiths
The Spring Creek Towers’ (SCT) Scholarship Program has a history of awarding students who excel academically, demonstrate civic responsibility, and are involved in extracurricular activities. It is not surprising that many of the students who have received this scholarship continue their excellence throughout their college and working careers. SCT 2017 Scholarship winner, Devonte Griffiths, is no exception to these standards.
Griffiths is entering his second year at SUNY Polytechnic Institute, majoring in Interactive Media and Game Design. This unique major is a new course of study at his college, and it is one that Griffiths plans on further innovating throughout his college career. However, game design is no easy feat. It is a combination of creativity, discipline, patience, foresight, and an under-standing of computer science. In a way, it is the creation of digital art using software and programming.
For many, such a study is daunting, yet Griffiths is taking his courses by storm. So far he has developed three games in his classes, one which included a simple platformer and two shoot ‘em up games. He understands the basic principles of constructing a game, and he believes his freshman classes have created the perfect stepping stones leading to the more difficult courses to come. Griffiths has a positive outlook on his career path, and believes that he will be able to work through whatever comes his way.
Kind, humble, and smart; these are just a few adjectives that describe Griffiths, a personal persona that perfectly supplements his professional demeanor. He is an intellectual individual with a confident understanding of technology and game design. His caring dis-position coupled with an intense passion for gaming’s creative design is contagious and inspiring. It is quite rare to meet someone who is willing to share their knowledge on such complex subjects, and yet not make you feel inadequate.