Telemundo story by Nancy Leal

Translated by Dinorah Peña-Durán

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Despite the uncertainty surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic, a senior at MacArthur High School is making his dream come true. Jorge Tomaylla was accepted into one of the most prestigious universities in the world: MIT (the Massachusetts Institute of Technology)!

Perhaps just as impressive, Tomaylla was born in Peru and emigrated to the United States just four years ago with his family. He was a shy boy who did not know much English, but that didn’t stop him from excelling. In a short period of time, he learned and mastered the English language and began earning top grades. In addition, Jorge took full advantage of the advanced classes offered at MacArthur.

All of his efforts have paid off as he is headed to the prestigious MIT.

“It’s part of my dream come true,” he says. “We lived in Peru in a very small apartment with very little, and now, thanks to the effort I put into my education, these amazing things are happening.”

Through a scholarship from MIT, Tomaylla will receive approximately $75,000 per year each of the next four years. In addition to the honor of being accepted at MIT, Jorge recently received more outstanding news: he was also accepted to receive the Bill Gates Scholarship.

Although, like most of his peers, he feels sad about how the pandemic has impacted his senior year. But he looks forward to being able to receive his diploma in the summer and share the moment with his family, before embarking on a new chapter as a student at MIT, pursuing a degree in aerospace engineering.

Amid these uncertain times, it’s always uplifting to read good news. For Irving ISD, and MacArthur High School, this is definitely good news worth sharing!