This hard-working teen has a great work ethic that has allowed him to excel in academics and track and field. He hopes to someday pursue a career in Aerospace Engineering.
17, Senior at Dallas County High School in Selma
Track & Field / National Summer Transportation Institute (NSTI) participant / Placed 1st in county-wide math competitions 3 years in a row / National Honor Society / National Beta Club
Even in kindergarten, Xavier Mundell remembers always hearing from his teacher that if he set his goals as high as he could, he could reach them. Xavier’s work ethic has since allowed him to excel academically. He’s a member of the National Honor Society and National Beta Club at Dallas County High. He’s maintained the highest average in many of his classes, won 1st place in the Science Bowl, and was selected among the top three students at his school to compete as a team in the ACE competition, which compares test scores of students throughout the region. There, his team placed 3rd.
Xavier also strives for excellence outside of the classroom. He often gets up 4 a.m. to do a 30-minute run with a friend to build his endurance for track and field. Xavier’s motto is “faith, courage and hard work,” and he says God is the reason for doing his best in everything.
Xavier plans to pursue a career in Aerospace Engineering. His fascination with planes grew when he went with a church group to an air show about four years ago at Maxwell Air Force Base. “I’ve always liked planes,” he said, and now he’d like to design one.
Since then, he’s visited flight museums, toured the air control tower at Birmingham Airport and met many professionals in the field through summer programs at Alabama State University like the National Summer Transportation Institute (NSTI), which allowed him to visit airports and various other transportation facilities, and the Institute for Math, Science, Engineering, and Technology (IMSET).
Xavier is proud of his family’s loyalty and support for one another. “They are there for each other whenever,” he said, especially when they need each other the most.
It was hard for Xavier’s dad Gerald and step-mom Tam to choose just one thing they admire most about him, but among the long list of attributes they recognize his “relentless work ethic and commitment to God.”
Gerald and Tam recognize that with God, nothing is impossible. They learned early on the importance of education and were taught growing up that the “mind is your weapon. No one can take that away from you.” They’ve encouraged Xavier to know that he can accomplish or be whatever he wants to be no matter what.
Gerald and Tam believe it’s important for parents to help their children, “find their own dreams and goals.”