UD bound, Sussex Central co-salutatorian tackled barriers

GEORGETOWN — Now 18, Luis Garcia Osorio was four years old when he arrived in America from Mexico.

Realizing the American dream seemed so distant and such a longshot for the native of Cordova Veracruz, Mexico.

Dreams sometimes do come true. And now the co-salutatorian of Sussex Central High School’s Class of 2017 is bound for the University of Delaware.

Luis Garcia Osorio

“My major is chemical engineering. I do enjoy that because of its relationship to the environment and the advances they are making such as renewal energy and reduction in pollution,” Luis said.

At SCHS he was involved in several extra-curricular activities, including Technology Student Association, Math League and cross country.

“One of my favorite clubs here was the Technology Student Association. We participate in different events relating to technology. I was actually the reporter for them this year,” said Luis, who resides in Millsboro. “Another of my favorite extra-curricular activities would have been bowling. It was most Friday afternoons, where me and my friends would go to the bowling alley. And cross country, it was a very unique experience. I did it to get in better shape.”

This week’s Person to Meet: Luis Garcia Osorio.

What was the language barrier like?

“When I first came here my parents did not know English and neither did I. So, I had to learn it. And that went very well.”

Language wasn’t your only challenge?

“Then there is also the issue of my actual immigration status, which is not very official, you might say. In middle school, I had thought about what that meant for my future. I thought maybe I wouldn’t be able to accomplish the things I was aiming for. I wouldn’t be able to attend college or get a career in my specific interest. So, it was very hard to overcome but eventually I decided that if I was going to fail in life, it wouldn’t be because of external factors. It would be because of me. So, I was going to give it everything I had. …”

And now, it’s off to the University of Delaware. What is your hope for the future?

“My ultimate goal is to be researching renewable energy as a chemical engineer, perhaps at a university or a private company. I haven’t decided.”

You have engaged in community service as well?

“One of the biggest things I did was community service, helping out people who are underprivileged in the Latino community here in Sussex County. I took an internship to help the English Language Learners here. I went after school to La Casita in Georgetown to help them. I believe English is a very important thing to know in this area.”

Any closing thoughts or thanks?

“Let’s start with the teachers. They were all very helpful and supportive. My friends; it’s not just the competition but it’s the common goal to succeed between different students in the school that drives us forward.”

“And my parents who have been very supportive of me and who have always been there whenever I needed them … and the overall community which is very welcoming.”

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