by LINDA FRABL | photos by Spark Photography

Speed Climbing Competitor

student_rodley2Luke Rodley, a 15-year-old who lives in the Scripps Ranch Wine Country, loves indoor rock climbing. Representing the USA last November at the International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) World Youth Championships in Guangzhou, China, Luke placed sixth in his category for speed climbing at his very first world competition! He exclaimed, “I am so grateful for the opportunity to participate in such an amazing event with other kids who share the same passion that I have for climbing.”

It all began three years ago, when Luke became a member of the youth climbing team at Mesa Rim, an indoor climbing facility in Mira Mesa. During that time he made three different trips to the USA Climbing Youth National Championships for speed climbing in Atlanta, GA. He placed second in his category last year, which earned him a spot on the US team to compete in the World Championships. Crediting the Mesa Rim crew for his success, Luke declared, “I have an amazing team and wonderful coaches that are passionate about developing programs for us that are always enriching and engaging, in an environment where we can strive to do our best.”

student_rodley3Luke also credits his educational foundation at the Bishop’s School in La Jolla for allowing him to continuously challenge himself and thrive. A sophomore at the school, Luke stated, “Bishops’ programs provide an abundance of opportunities that enable me to explore my full potential, and that foster my passion for learning. The great teachers are dedicated to helping me succeed.”

With chemistry as his favorite subject, Luke revealed, “Ever since I was a little kid I have been interested in how things are made, and I am motivated by the idea of making something better.” That intellectual curiosity manifested itself with Luke building his own 3D printer, as well as two Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machines that he constantly refigures to improve their design and performance.

As a trained violinist, Luke regularly performs at convalescent homes during the holidays. In addition, he has been an ambassador for the Junior Achievement of San Diego, raising money for programs that teach kids about financial literacy. Luke admitted, “I plan on always making the most of every opportunity, and giving back what I have learned by being a significant contributor to our society.”

Name: Luke Rodley (15)
School: The Bishop’s School, La Jolla
Grade: 10
Parent: Fay Naea
Sibling: Abigail (13)
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