Graduation is a major achievement for all of our area high school seniors, but two local students walked across the stage at the United Spirit Arena Saturday with extra recognition.
"I didn't think I was going to get accepted, and when I got my acceptance letter, it was great," Estacado High School Graduate Valentin Baca said. Valentin Baca accepted his diploma at the United Spirit Arena Saturday knowing he'll always be a part of history at his Lubbock high school. "I'm the first student of Estacado High School to be accepted to Massachusetts Institute of Technology," Baca said.
Baca says his parents are a major part of his success. "They've always been there pushing me and making sure I do the best and never settle for anything less," Baca said. "His hard work and commitment has finally paid off, and I know that it's going to lead him into rewards in the future," Baca's mother Josephine Cruz said. "It's an accomplishment he probably won't realize until after a few years from now," Baca's father Toby Baca said.
Teachers also kept Baca on the right path. "I know, especially my teacher Sarah Harris, she was basically a role model for me," Baca said. Baca says he'll begin his college career at Texas Tech University, but plans to transfer to MIT. At least for graduate school. I will get a degree from MIT eventually," Baca said. Baca says he will double major in computer science and electrical engineering. His hope is to work for a major computer company. "Especially Apple," Baca said.
As we mentioned, Baca is not the only Lubbock student chosen by MIT. Xiaoxi Wang has also been accepted. Wang received his diploma Saturday evening from Lubbock High School. We caught up with him at his home Saturday afternoon. Wang wants to major in electrical engineering at MIT. "I've always liked doing engineering, and I've known that it's one of the best engineering schools. It's always been one of my favorite choices," Wang said.
"Thanks to educators in Lubbock High and teachers and the workers in the LISD. LISD has a very nice program for kids to learn, and we appreciate them very much," Wang's father Xinggia Wang said. Wang plans to attend MIT in the fall. He hopes to begin a career in research afterwards. Wang tells KCBD he actually attended school with another Lubbock High School Graduate who attends MIT. Wang says it speaks highly of the teachers there.
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