When Valedictorian Juan Castillo ’18 wasn’t sifting through significant merit-based academic awards to attend Harvard University or the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) or the California Polytechnic State University … when he wasn’t earning Semifinalist distinction in the National Merit Scholarship Program’s 63rd competition … when he wasn’t augmenting his deep and exemplary AP pedigree with course work at the University of Houston … he could routinely be found in the St. Thomas Learning Commons, not necessarily to further push his own academic pursuits but lead and serve in tutorial sessions for his fellow Eagles scholars.
“I wasn’t learning at St. Thomas just for myself, but also to help others, an extension of what I hope to become, studying medicine and becoming a neurologist,” Castillo said. “Attending Harvard is a childhood dream come true. Academics were my driving force at St. Thomas, always striving for the best results, but primarily to put that knowledge in play for a greater good.”
Harvard has carried the gold-standard tradition of quality academics and prestige in the United States for nearly four centuries. For Castillo, embracing his richly deserved opportunity means being bringing a fresh mind “to the most challenging curriculum. I plan to travel abroad to study and expand my world. I love languages and discovering the unknown.”