Jasper Gebhardt is an exceptional young man; son of Mark and Nancy Gebhardt long time Ione residents. Jasper was reading novels at 3 years old began piano lessons at 4, mastered piano, mandolin and accordion by 5, scored 2300 and his SAT test at 13, finished the BrainworX Academy focusing on robotics and engineering by 14 and as a National Merit Scholarship Finalist was accepted to Princeton his University of choice. With the help of his Father Mark and in his grandfather's wood shop, they made a violin, which Jasper played for Rotarians and guests gathered to honor his achievements and provide him with a $500 scholarship. Jasper has been sharing his gift of learning by teaching special ed students math and children of immigrant workers robotics during the summers in our tradition of "Service above Self".
His Mother Nancy who home schooled Jasper until he was ready for high school had this comment about her son; “We just wanted a child that we could bring up that was good at heart more than anything. Since we’ve been blessed with a bright child, more than anything we want him to make a difference in the world. He’s more than capable of doing that.”
Jasper won the Area 7 Rotary music contest recently and will be representing us at the District 5190 Music Contest in Reno, Nevada next week.