As graduating high school seniors make their final choices on what university they will attend this fall, Baylor is already gearing up to welcome in the next group of freshman — the class of 2013. Here’s a quick glimpse at some of the faces that will be gracing campus in just a couple of months:
* Nigerian-born Mosope “Tom” Soda grew up near Houston and graduated last weekend from B.F. Terry High School in the top 10% of his class. An Eagle Scout, Soda was also recently recognized with the President’s Volunteer Service Award for the time he has spent serving his community. He will enter Baylor as a pre-med major and hopes to become an orthopedic surgeon.
* Megan Atchley spent four years as a cheerleader at Union High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma, but still found time to serve as president of Amnesty International and Young Democrats of Tulsa. She plans to double-major at Baylor in Spanish and political science, then attend medical school to become a reconstructive plastic surgeon.
* Matt Mackay was not only an all-district linebacker at Amarillo High School; he also will graduate No. 8 in his class of 496 and scored a 34 out of 36 on his ACT. High school football coaches are stereotyped as tough men, but Mackay’s coach, Brad Theissen, speaks highly of the senior: “Matt was a dream to coach and is such a good guy to be around. I can’t say enough nice things about him.”
* Sisters, Oregon, native Courtney Acarregui has always been a competitor, whether that’s participation in 4-H (where she was one of the top youth rabbit breeders in the nation four years running), raising funds for charity (she helped write a grant that netted a local neonatal intensive care unit $10,000) or riding horses (she will join Baylor’s varsity equestrian program this fall).
Sic ’em, Tom, Megan, Matt, Courtney and the class of 2013!