Scholar of the Week

Marco Alegre

Marco Antonio Alegre is in his freshman year at the University of Houston - Downtown majoring in computer science.

Throughout his high school junior and senior years, Marco challenged himself in a way that is very rare for someone his age both academically and through his participation in extracurricular activities. He participated in the East Early College High School Program, a unique program for high school aged students who are high achievers. Students in this program complete a rigorous academic curriculum of college coursework while also completing their requirements for high school. Marco graduated with his high school diploma and 60 hours of college level course work from Houston Community College.

Marco’s interest in science and technology began when he visited the NASA Johnson Space Center through a NASA education program at the age of 9. There he met Dr. Laurie Carrillo who continues to serve as his mentor. Dr. Carrillo was also a HENAAC Scholar Program recipient during her undergraduate and graduate years at Rice University.

While in high school Marco continued to develop his interest in STEM through his various involvements. He discovered a passion for computer technology. He was the technical editor for the journalism team where he took great pleasure in reviewing his team’s posts and even accommodating the website to support new options and features. In addition he became a Cisco certified Level I Network Engineer and can dismantle and reassemble computers, solve network issues, and was able to help both the elderly and youth understand and utilize the internet to fill out prescription medications and be safe while browsing the internet. While in high school Marco was also part of the Rocketry Club and was able to design and launch his own rocket, which helped him understand and grow to like the engineering aspects of technology. These experiences have all inspired Marco to pursue and attain a degree in computer science.

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