Anthony Daigle, senior at Nimitz High School, has had a passion for the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) field since he was a middle school student in Houma, Louisiana.

“As a middle school student, I loved math, and that’s what sparked my interest in STEM,” he says.

Now, Daigle is one of Nimitz High School’s top engineering students. Nimitz School of Environmental Entrepreneurship instructor Dwight Davison describes him as amazing. When speaking of his engineering class, Daigle says it’s his favorite because it allows him to have a free range of thinking.

“Mr. Davison lets us choose our own project, and we work on it during the year,” adds Daigle. “As a student, it’s a relief that we get to take our time on the project and not rush.”

Courses like this give our students real-world experience as well as an inside look into their life after high school. Currently, Daigle and his classmates are working on a major project for a fellow Irving ISD student who is missing the lower part of his arm. Together, they will construct a prosthetic lower arm for the student and plan to gift it to him by early 2022.

“I love working on projects like this because we’re helping to solve a real-world problem,” he says.

When he’s not working on life-altering projects, Daigle keeps busy as the secretary of the Technology Student Association and vice president of the Science Club at Nimitz.

After graduating high school next May, Daigle plans to either join the military or attend Rice University, the University of Texas at Austin or Texas A&M University to further his education.

“I would like to work in nuclear engineering because it’s a cleaner energy source, and it’s something people really need,” adds Daigle.