Midlothian Heritage High School valedictorian, Carson Lansdowne, will leave his academic legacy behind him to pursue challenges in higher education, but in reality, he is ready to be an adult.

For Lansdowne, he encourages those embarking on the adventures of high school to get involved and become passionate about something.

Lansdowne spent the past seven years in Midlothian ISD, and during his high school years he participated on the varsity tennis team, UIL Academics, varsity debate, student council, National Honor Society, SystemsGo Rocketry Team, 77th Texas Boys State and the NASA High School Aerospace Scholars.

“Grades are important but making something of your time and energy as a high-schooler is magnitudes more important. I don’t think I could overstate this if I tried,” Lansdowne emphasized.

The life-long lesson he comprehended during his teenage years was the best thing anyone can do is merely “figure it out.” He came to this realization in the middle of an algebra test. He disclosed he that he had not studied for it.

His plans for post-high school include studying aerospace engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. Along with his studies, Lansdowne is looking forward to responsibilities that come with the fend-for-yourself lifestyle on campus.

“You know, paying bills, doing laundry and dishes —mostly just the fun adult stuff,” Lansdowne elaborated.

Before he makes his class-wide speech at graduation, he wants to inform his classmates that, “College is more expensive than ever, but it’s still one of the best investments you can make honestly. Also good job.”

When reflecting on his time at Heritage High School, for him it was “[...] four years of expecting excellence. Not waiting around for it to strike, but actively pursuing it and watching an occasional flurry of my peers chasing after it with me.”

For the valedictorian, he believes he left a legacy on the Heritage campus.

“I think I’ve inadvertently become a bit of a legend to the students and teachers academically. But honestly, I just showed up and did my work. I think the difference I’ve made is when the kids younger than me figure out they can do that too — likely better than me,” Lansdowne disclosed.

Along with four years of high school come memories to hang onto. For Lansdowne, it was chunking a Frisbee on the roof — twice — and constant tennis after school for years will remain in his mind. He will also hold onto the lazy lunchtimes with friends and mostly the simple school days when random games of hacky-sack broke out.

“I am a product of the people around me in life, and I don’t think thanking them for a lifetime would be enough,” Lansdowne concluded.


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