Scholar of the Week

David Perez-Aguilar      
University of California, San Diego

David Perez-Aguilar, a 2014 HENAAC Scholar, was awarded the first Chevron-sponsored scholarship awarded in memory of Ann Seki, a profound student advocate in Chevron. David attended the national HENAAC Conference and met Chevron representatives. The future looks bright for David as he is currently a first-year chemical engineering student attending University of California, San Diego.

While David was a senior at Roosevelt High School, one of the high schools served by the GMiS STEM-Up Initiative, in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles, he took the most rigorous set of courses offered, and mastered them with ease, and humility. David ranked graduated ranked #2 in their Magnet School.

David excelled in mathematics, he took AP Calculus AB as a sophomore and passed with it with a 5. He also passed the AP Calculus BC exam in his junior year with a 5. David also tool two other AP Courses on campus, including AP Physics, and Government. As a senior he was concurrently enrolled in AP Statistics and Calculus 3 at a local community college. Needless to say, David is an AP scholar and passed every AP exam took. He is the type of student that studies relentlessly and rises to the occasion when challenged academically.

David has also demonstrated leadership and maturity outside of the classroom. Admittedly David started his career at the Math, Science, and Technology Magnet as a reserved and shy student. Over time, David came out of his shell in a positive way. David uses his talents to help other students. He has tutored in a variety of settings including the Boys Basketball team where he served as the team manager, TELACU Upward Bound, and in the Jaime Escalante Community College Math Advancement program. With David’s help, many of the players on the boy’s basketball team remained academically eligible to play because of his direct tutoring and support.

David has great potential and will ultimately make a worthwhile contribution to our society. David has also had the opportunity to spread his love for the sciences to students in the community. Last summer, David was awarded an internship with Great Minds in STEM, as a Northrop Grumman Foundation Intern. David and his team developed an original STEM activity that was introduced to elementary and middle school locations this past fall.

David managed to engage in the most difficult academic pathway as a high school senior, participate in extra-curricular activities without having his performance drop. His maturity and resiliency have helped him to find a great sense of balance of classroom and community enroute to being another STEM Role Model for his community.

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