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Skrenta pursues interests outside of swimming

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Naomi Asrir
Sophomore David Skrenta is a varsity swimmer, soon-to-be-pilot, stock trader, and CEO and founder of the research engine Harvix.

Many varsity athletes struggle with finding the time to explore hobbies outside of their sport. But for the select few who carve out a few minutes each day to pursue their passions, endless rewards abound.

Sophomore David Skrenta is a varsity swimmer, soon-to-be-pilot, stock trader, and CEO and founder of the research engine Harvix. From an intrinsically motivated, young entrepreneur like Skrenta, one would expect the ego to match. However, his humble, polite persona is evident both in competition and outside of the water.

Competitive swimming is nothing new to the underclassman.

“I’ve been swimming since I was 5 years old, and I began swim team in the fifth grade,” said Skrenta. “Swimming is a bit of a lifestyle. It keeps me healthy, and through it I have formed many new relationships.”

Skrenta’s love for engineering and computer science is apparent throughout the numerous projects he undertakes.

“I like creating websites and building planes. My website, Harvix.com, is a student research engine. I’m also working on a new website that will serve as a test-taking application for teachers. Instead of using Scantrons, students will be able to take tests on their phones with anti-cheat software,” said Skrenta. “I’m also working on my pilot’s license.”

Before you begin to question how a student so engaged in advanced classes and varsity sports is able to balance such time-consuming, extracurricular activities, know that he also regularly trades stock.

“[Trading] allows me to apply my mathematics skills to real-life situations and motivates me to learn more,” said Skrenta. “I would say my smartest investment is Apple. The company’s stock has been rising for a couple years now.”

Skrenta is the poster child for student athletes everywhere who wish to do more, but feel incapable. It is possible to pursue your passions, if you make the time.

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Naomi Asrir, Art Team
Naomi is a junior at Carlmont High School. She enjoys playing water polo and going to the beach with friends. @n_asrir

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