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March 19, 2014

Huerta draws interest from top universities

Gainesville — For Gainesville High School (GHS) senior Alex Huerta, 12 years of hard work in the Gainesville Independent School District (GISD) have  earned him numerous letters of acceptance from colleges, paving the way for him to accomplish his dream of becoming a civil engineer.

Letters of interest from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Columbia, Yale, the University of Texas at Austin, The University of Texas at Arlington, the University of Southern California, Vanderbilt and the University of Minnesota are just some of the schools of higher education that are interested in the multi-talented, dedicated student who began his tenure in the GISD at Edison Elementary.

Huerta received his letter of acceptance from MIT on March 14 and is waiting to hear if scholarship funds will be offered.

“I should find out about offers from all of the schools by April,” Huerta said. “I should be able to make my decision then about which direction I will go.”

Huerta credits a favorite  third grade teacher at Chalmers Elementary, Gayleane Morris, for instilling in him the desire to achieve and learn.

“Mrs. Morris not only challenged me to learn to read better but she would praise us constantly for our progress,” Huerta said. “It was like an epiphany. From her class on I began to excel in my academics. She made learning fun.”

Huerta will graduate this spring with 37 college course hours along with his high school diploma thanks to advance placement courses and dual credit courses offered through North Central Texas College.

Huerta finished high in both his ACT and SAT scores including a perfect score in Math and 680 in Biology.

Huerta has many interests in school that could easily eat away at his studies but he seems to handle all of his commitments in stride. Other interests include calculus, Key Club, theater, debate, and music. As a GHS band sousaphone player, he also plays trombone in the NCTC jazz band.

“I hope that I can continue in some way with my music once I get to college,” Huerta said. “I have enjoyed band very much and want to thank my band director, Mr. Kami, for his efforts.”

Huerta also credits his parents, Floriberto and Rocio Huerto for supporting him and his younger brothers through the years and for giving them this pathway to success.

“My parents worked very hard to give us a better opportunity,” Huerto said. “They always told us that education was the key to what ever we wanted to do in life.”

“I hope to be able to find work this summer and help my family, possibly as an intern for a civil engineering company in Fort Worth,” he continued. “May 1 is my college commitment date so I will be taking time in April to determine what school will be right for me.”

Huerta has two younger brothers; Emmanuel, who is in eighth grade and David, who is in second grade. He carefully considers his actions to make good choices not only for himself but for those who look up to him.

“It is a lot of responsibility that I do not take lightly,” he said. “My brothers look up to me and it is up to me to be a good example for them.”

“Wherever I go I will take what I have learned from Gainesville with me,” Huerta said. “I want to build great things and be successful for my family and for myself but some where inside I will always value the small town atmosphere and tight sense of community that I have enjoyed here.”

The road to success lies before Alex Huerta. With a civil engineering degree in his back pocket, it looks like he just might build that road himself.

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