FEATURED BOWLER - Ben Giacobbi
2016-17 Year in School: Junior
School: Mount Juliet High School
Bowls: Right Handed
2016 TSSAA Individual: Division 1 - 44th Place
2016 Junior Gold: 113th Place - U15B
High Game/Series: 287/747
High HS Avg: 202
Current Go To Ball: Storm Alpha Crux
Favorite Bowler: The Dude
Other Sports: None
Hobbies: Video Games, Reading, Writing, Rock Climbing
Will You Want To Bowl In College? While I'd like to bowl in college, education is first and foremost, and I will only be bowling past high school if my school of choice has a program.
Colleges Looking At? Carnegie Mellon University, University of Southern California, Digipen Institute of Technology, University of Utah
Do You Have A Career You Want To Shoot For? Game Design and Development
Top Bowling Match:
My most memorable individual match was a match last year against Beech High School, bowling against Alex Ezell, where we went head to head with matched scores until the tenth frame. It was probably the closest and most fun match I've ever had. As a team, the recent match against Beech saw my team pulling ahead after being down six points the first game. While not the greatest upset, we pulled together as a team and never gave up, and it was satisfying to feel team synergy like that.
How Has Bowling Helped You As A Person:
I can honestly say that bowling is the only sport I've taken part in that I've actually grown to love and be excited for. It also helps me be active regularly, especially with my schedule regarding school, and has helped me make a number of lasting friends both inside the high school season and out.
What are your goals for TSSAA team and individual this year:
While it may be far reaching, I'm attempting to get within the top five bowlers state-wide, and with my team, hopefully we can qualify for states.
What are your goals for Junior Gold this year:
My specific goal for Junior Gold is to finish in the top 100 nationwide and hopefully further, since I didn't make double digits in Indianapolis.
How did you discover/develop your interest in game design:
I've been pretty involved with and interested in video games my entire life, and as I've progressed through school, I've noticed that I don't really specialize in any particular subject or field. Game design seems like an interesting, and most importantly fun, way to utilize all of my skills through a profession that is both technical yet has a creative basis.