Senior succeeds in technology field

Alex Ring
Business Manager

Senior Harry Gallagher codes on his laptop during lunch in math teacher Eric  Dunn’s room. (Photo by Alex Ring)

Senior Harry Gallagher codes on his laptop during lunch in math teacher Eric Dunn’s room. (Photo by Alex Ring)

Senior Harry Gallagher won the yearbook’s “most likely to succeed” title, but the talents that merit that award were not always in the limelight.

Gallagher helped set up “Web IT,” a student tech support program.
Gallagher is not involved with the everyday extracurricular activities but instead spends his time working behind the scenes dealing with technology at the high school. He created a student-run tech support program through the Chelsea Center. The program offers help with technology intended for the use of students. Although Gallagher admits the program isn’t very popular, he said, “I hope this article can spread the word.” The office is located by the academic lab rooms.
When voting for senior superlatives began, Gallagher first heard a handful of people were voting for him to be most likely to succeed, but after he got word of result, he was “surprised but it’s also nice to know people don’t think I’m as lazy as I actually am.”

Senior Will Burchett said, “It’s amazing how [Harry] does very little work but is still smarter than everyone.”

Gallagher is also the DECA vice president but mentioned he doesn’t go to many of the meetings. His time is consumed mostly outside of school.
Gallagher currently does freelance, informal, jobs around St. Louis. He gets paid to do website maintenance and website start up. This is also Gallagher’s plan outside of high school.

Julie Burchett, head of the Chelsea Center, said, “He is a great entrepreneur and is going to go far in the technology field.”

While other seniors are online filling out applications and cramming for college due dates, Gallagher is getting ready for a gap year.
“I plan to take a year off right out of high school and through my connections already I plan to be a part of a job placement program,” Gallagher said. He plans to do the same website construction he does now, with small companies just starting up.

In his sophomore and junior year, Gallagher sold software online. This was his main form of income, and after two years he made over $10,000. The biggest regret is also linked to that good fortune. Gallagher said he has “wasted” it all in about a year. He is now “a broke high school student like everyone else.”
Gallagher said he wants to run a software company or become a teacher.



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