In the week leading up to Arlington ISD graduations June 7 and 8, we are celebrating the Class of 2022 valedictorian and salutatorian for all seven Arlington ISD high schools.
Name: Kerry Minh Nguyen, Valedictorian
School: Sam Houston High School
College: Harvard University
Intended Major: Physics
What is your dream and how do you plan to make it come true after graduation?
My dream is to provide back both in academia and my community. I would like to be a physics professor at a university where I can conduct research while also establishing a STEM outreach program for underprivileged kids.
Who inspires you the most?
My dad inspires me the most. I don’t know any man that works harder than him. Everyday, he wakes up early to ensure that everything is set for the day and makes sure that all of our responsibilities are done. My dad has made too many sacrifices for our family. His selflessness is what inspires me to work hard everyday.
What is one piece of advice you would give an incoming freshman?
Take risks. All students should explore hobbies and subjects that you’re not interested in at first. Interested in a club? Join it! Don’t see anything you might like? Start it! It’s better to fail trying than to never try at all.
What’s been your favorite high school memory?
One of my favorite memories of all time was my final orchestra concert. It was such a sad yet memorable moment. Orchestra has been part of my life for the past eight years, so having to essentially say farewell to a major part of my identity was really difficult. However, as we played our last piece, I thought about all the orchestra memories I’ve had with all my friends throughout the years. All the laughs, tears and hugs made me realize that the program will forever be in my heart.
How do you plan to make an impact on society in the future?
Like the people around me, I want to be an inspiration. I want to inspire others in similar shoes as mine that no matter the obstacle or challenge, you can make your dreams come true with perseverance and the support of your loved ones. Nothing can fully stop you from changing the world.
Can’t make it to graduation but you still want to be a part of the special day? If you’d like to watch Sam Houston High School’s graduation, visit aisd.net/graduation to livestream the ceremony. Be sure to tag @SamHoustonHS (Facebook), @SamHoustonHS (Twitter) and @samhoustonhs (Instagram) and use #ArlingtonISD when capturing special moments of your graduate for a chance to be featured on Arlington ISD official social media pages.