Senior and Class Valedictorian, Erick Jiminez, will soon embark on a dream come true. Born and raised in Inglewood, California and the youngest in his family, Erick has attended four years of high school at City Honors Preparatory Academy in Inglewood.
A gifted student, Erick scored in the top three percent in the nation on the PSAT and a 1460 on the SAT this year. It all began when an English teacher at City Honors showed Erick a flyer for Questbridge, a college prep scholars program for Juniors. Erick applied to MOSTEC, an Online Science, Technology, and Engineering Community program that serves rising high school seniors from across the country through MIT and was accepted.
While participating in this program for the past six months, Erick has taken courses in science writing and optics and photonics. He was then invited for a week at MIT last August where he presented a project with three friends.
“My first thought was this place is not so out of my reach,” says Jiminez. “I lived in the dorms with other under-represented minorities, and I felt a sense of community,” he adds.
Although he had a choice of 12 schools to rank and apply to, Erick selected only MIT and Cal Tech. He was “matched” with Cal Tech and spent three days visiting the campus. “At Cal Tech, everyone knows one another.
They emphasize research which interests me. I am majoring in math or engineering with a potential career in aerospace,” shared Jiminez. Erick has been at City Honors Preparatory Academy since the 9th grade where he met his mentor and best friend Anthony Cruz, the Class Valedictorian for the 2017 graduating class.
With a current GPA of 4.36, Erick will also serve as Class Valedictorian at his June graduation. His advice to other young people is to seek outside programs and opportunities to find the one thing you enjoy and love.