According to Ms. Johnson's nomination letter, she stated "I am very impressed with Ryan, he is always on time and very attentive, which was proven by him driving from Knoxville to CSC more then two weeks before classes began at his high school. I was so impressed not only with his determination to learn the material in a very difficult college based course, but to also take the time to thank me to encouraging him. Ryan is an amazing young man."
Ryan is also involved in the Carl Sandburg College Upward Bound program along with The Performing Arts Academy and Knoxville High School Drama club. Ryan's future plans are to continue on at Carl Sandburg College majoring in Computer Science then to transfer on to Western Illinois University.