The Midlothian High School salutatorian joined the district five years ago after moving to the United States.

Omar Escoto then quickly made a difference in the classroom and the hallways, showcasing kindness and his cultural perspective.

“Our world needs a lot more kindness, and I hope I was able to promote that by showing it myself,” Escoto expressed. “In addition, I wanted to represent my immigrant community well, and I hope that didn't only have an impact on my immigrant community but further on other people around me.”

Within MHS, Escoto competed in UIL debate through his sophomore year, National Honors Society during his junior and senior year, and played soccer all four years.

His advice to the incoming freshmen is, “Do not wait to start putting in all your effort. Start your first day so you can have a little bit more leeway later if you need it and are more prepared for what comes next.”

While in high school, Escoto learned, “Not to worry too much about bumps in the road, consistent hard work pays off in the long run and that the mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell.”

It was the long nights studying and the times when he did not make the grade he expected — and biology — that made him realize this philosophy.

Escoto will attend Stanford University next year to study a combination of engineering, neuroscience, and artificial intelligence. But, he looks forward to taking a break, “hibernating” over the summer before he begins his new adventure.

“I would love to tell the class of 2018 that they are the best class and thank you for all the memories. If all of you put your heart in a goal, we will achieve wonders,” Escoto expressed.

He added, “If you want more, hit me up at the graduation ceremony at the big stadium at 7 p.m. on May 31. Be there or be a square or something like that, I never caught up to idioms.”

Even though his high school years are now a thing of the past, he will always remember it as a great time full of fun memories and self-discovery.

“Yes, I put in a lot of effort, but at the end of the day, I remember most what made it worth it,” he elaborated.

Looking back on the years it was the concerts, movies, funny class moments, lessons, unique personalities, times shared with his best friends, chilly soccer games, freezing soccer games, soccer on ice that will stick with him the rest of his life.

“Such a big array of memories that I will laugh and smile at 50 years from now,” Escoto shared.


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