Eric Hernandez (Jefferson)
Eric will graduate seventh in his class at Jefferson High School, with recognition as treasurer of the National Honor Society.
Among his biggest high school accomplishments, he was able to maintain a high grade-point average and was accepted to six universities. In the fall, he will be attending Boston University, where he plans to study business marketing.
In the past four years, Eric has been involved in swimming, diving and water polo and was a member of the Student Board of Directors for the Federal Reserve. Outside of school, he has played in the youth band at his church and participated in the Basura Bash clean up Woodlawn Park and the Graffiti Wipeout throughout San Antonio.
Eric was selected to participate in out-of-state visits to colleges on the East and West coasts as part of GEAR UP, or Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs. The trips really opened his eyes to college opportunities outside of Texas and encouraged him to apply to nine out-of-state schools. He was admitted to four of them, as well as two in Texas.
His summer plans include working to earn money to help pay for his college tuition and heading to Massachusetts for college orientation.
As a first-generation college student, choosing an out-of-state college was a big deal for Eric. After he graduates from college, he wants to give back to the Jefferson community and encourage students to consider applying out of state to pursue higher education.