Cisco Student Headed For NASA

Thomas Hernandez is an aspiring engineer, for the past three years, he’s been hitting the books.

“I really wanted it, because it was a lot of work to get that class in,” said Hernandez, “I was really happy!”

And now, the senior at Cisco High School gets the chance of a lifetime, in internship at NASA.

“It’s exciting he’s worked very hard for that opportunity,” Dr. Cassidy McBrayer, Asst. Supt. Cisco ISD, “and when you have exceptional students, especially for a small school district, who get to experience those things that are typically large school opportunities, then it’s great!”

This week Hernandez is heading down to the Johnson Space Center to work alongside aerospace engineers. He says he’s visited NASA before, but never thought he’d get a chance to be a part of the team.

“I wish I could get closer to that, and get closer to the people who some of the people who are training there,” he said, “I mean… I can’t wait to do that!”

Hernandez will be assigned special projects at the Johnson Space Center that put everything he learned in his Math and Science classes to use. Needless to say, it’s the ultimate lab!

“It gives them, practical applications for the skills that we try to teach them in the classroom,” Dr. Cassidy McBrayer, Asst. Supt. Cisco ISD, “there’s certain experiences you can’t convey.”

But teachers and administrators say they hope Hernandez’s success will breed more success among his peers.

“He encourages others, he doesn’t just sit back and watch his own accomplishments,” Dr. Cassidy McBrayer, Asst. Supt. Cisco ISD, “he encourages others to do what he’s done.”

“Anybody who has a chance to do anything like that, don’t be afraid to do it,” said Hernandez, “it will pay off in the long run.”

They say the sky’s the limit… But for this young man, it’s just a window to the rest of the universe.

Reported by: Priscilla Luong, Big Country