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Carlos Ochoa

Singleton Scholarship Essay Throughout my four years at Waxahachie Global High School, I have taken many dual credit and engineering classes, starting with my freshmen year and continuing through my senior year. These classes have taught me strong principles and life lessons in leadership and problem solving; that I will need in order to pursue a higher education in college and eventually leading to a job in the workforce. From learning about the design process and taking a real world issue I was able to successfully complete many projects and tasks throughout the year using problem solving, brainstorming, and teamwork. In college I hope to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering with a minor in aerospace. I currently work at Nichols Auto Service, as a technician close to my house during the weekdays, and on the weekends I do volunteer work at Mid-Way Regional Airport as a line boy. Here I help pull out gliders and get them ready for flight. For the past year I have been surrounded by two of my passions in the workforce and hope to one day pursue a professional degree in these categories. During my schooling, I plan to further my knowledge in these two fields and hopefully one day serve for the United States Air Force as an officer, upon my graduation from college. Along with working during 6 days a week, I have been involved in many extracurricular activities both in and outside of school. For the past 11 years, going on 12 now, I have been a member of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). At the age of 14 in September of 2010, I achieved the highest honor in scouting that a youth can receive; the rank of Eagle Scout. The BSA program has shaped and molded me into who I am today. It taught me self-discipline, integrity, and duty to God and country. The knowledge I have learned in the past 11 years in scouting is priceless along with the memories made and the friends met. With the help from the Singleton Scholarship Committee I would be able to help begin my goals at Texas A&M and begin my next journey in life. Financially, anything would help greatly in pursuing my degree and helping make a positive impact for our nation. Calving Coolidge, 30th President of the United States once said, Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent.

Carlos Ochoa

Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. My father shared this quote with me when I was young, and told me never to be afraid to dream or let someone tell you that you cannot, because you can. Through my persistence and determination and what I believe I can achieve deep down is something no one can ever take away from me. I will succeed and make a difference in life for my family, friends, and this great country.