by Neree Aron-Sando
Perhaps the term “Renaissance man” should be redefined for the 21st century. The old “Renaissance man” referred to someone with wide interests and expertise in several areas.
Perhaps Simeon Acker could be the template for the new definition.
The 20-year-old Harleysville man is majoring in Electronic Game and Simulation Design in the Computer Science program and employs his peripheral talents for music and storytelling in his schoolwork.
“Not only do I design video games, but I also play piano and write music. I enjoy combining my experience in video game design with my passion for music composition,” Acker said. “For my game design 5 class, in which six of us have been creating an in-depth game, I worked on the story line and composing and editing all the music for our final project.
In addition, Acker teaches piano and reading to children, directs a church a cappella choir, and volunteers with The King’s Jubilee, a ministry that provides food for the hungry and homeless in Philadelphia.
A STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) program student at Montgomery County Community College, he participated in STEM Jam! (a STEM program open house), as well as the Pennsylvania FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) both at the College.
“I spend a lot of my free time both creating video games and writing / composing epic video game and movie soundtracks,” Acker said. “I’m not kidding. It’s awesome.”
He has been designing video games and making mods for existing games since high school.
He chose Montgomery County Community College for three reasons:
“It has my major of Electronic Game and Simulation Design; it is inexpensive; and it is close to home,” he said. “I was very grateful to have received the STEM Scholarship.” As a STEM scholar, Acker received a full-tuition scholarship.
“After I graduate, I will be pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Game Design at a four-year school,” he said. He hopes to graduate in December 2013 semester.
Acker is a member of Phi Theta Kappa international honors society and the International Game Developers Association.