Spring Valley senior creates iPhone game app

David Hodge isn't your typical high school senior.

Most teenagers at his age are preparing for college, filling out college and scholarship applications, possibly entering the Armed Forces or even society's workforce. However, Hodge thought outside the box.

The Spring Valley senior decided to add his own twist to a popular arcade game in his new iPhone app. His newly released game, Meteor Pong, provides a futuristic twist to the classic game played since the 1970s.

"It's pong -- with four paddles, meteors and neon," Hodge said.

Hodge was a member of the Discovery Program at Spring Valley and also learned more about iPhone application development by watching online video lectures from Stanford University. Hodge had some trial and error throughout the creative process, but Hodge pressed on to achieve the accomplishment.

"Though learning programming and creating Meteor Pong was very difficult," Hodge said, "I am a firm advocate of the idea that if you can dream it, you can achieve it," David said. "As Henry Ford said, 'whether you think you can or whether you think you can't, you're right.' It's simply a matter of going out and getting it."

According to Richland County School District Two spokesperson Sherri Staudt, Hodge will be pursuing a degree in Computer Science at the University of South Carolina.

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