KINSTON, Ala. (WDHN) — Meet Kinston High School senior, Osvaldo Flores, but everyone at Kinston knows him by his nickname, Ozzie.
As a young child, he immigrated with his parents from their native country, Mexico. He has excelled academically and apart of the school’s marching band as well as a member of several academic honor societies. Recently, he received the 2020 Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen’s Award and Scholarship Contest.
Recently, Osvaldo received word that he’s one of around twenty students nationwide to receive an Ivy League scholarship specified for immigrants who are non-citizens. He has accepted a full, four-year scholarship to Princeton University in New Jersey.
“It’s very exciting, but very scary at the same time because it’s 17, 18 hours away from home,” Osvaldo says, “Half a year without seeing my family, it’s going to be tough but I’m ready to take on this opportunity and I’m ready to represent Kinston High School at Princeton.”
Kinston High School’s Principal, Danny Branch said “Ozzie is just a great kid who happens to be a great student as well. Ozzie is a picture-perfect example of what an American student should be, he is someone who has taken full advantage of the opportunities that he has been given. And he’s excelled in every one.” Branch added, “Ozzie has a work ethic that is unequaled.”
As of now, Osvaldo would like to become an aerospace engineer and dreams to work for NASA or Space-X.