- Gender: Male
- High School: Eagles Landing High School
- Hometown: McDonough
- State: Georgia
Andres, the eldest of three children, was born in Atlanta, Georgia. His father was born in Santurce, Puerto Rico, and lived in Germany before immigrating to the US and settling in Atlanta, Georgia. His mother, born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas, later moved to Atlanta.
He says he has always been motivated to become successful and be able to support his family “without having to worry about money.”
Today, he is a senior at Eagles Landing High School where, in addition to focusing on his studies, he is active in baseball, football, Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), and Skills USA.
In July, he was one of 150 students invited to attend the Hispanic Scholarship Fund’s 2016 Youth Leadership Institute (YLI) at the University of Chicago. YLI is a four-day, overnight conference that gives outstanding Latino high school juniors the practical tools they need to set a course for success in college and career.
“It was one of the best experiences of my life,” he said, adding that the conference motivated him to stay focused over the summer and gave him the opportunity to learn about college and scholarship opportunities he might, otherwise, have overlooked. He also enjoyed having the chance “to network with many different people [there], including business owners, college students, and other high school students.”
His professional goal is to become a successful computer engineer and develop his own company, or be in a position to “assist large, successful companies, such as Google or Apple and be able to rise as one of the leaders in the company.”
His advice to other students who are thinking about college: “Follow what your dream is and find the right majors that are [going] to help you get there.” He also adds, “...surround yourself with people who have the same goals as you and pursue them together and motivate each other.”