SAN ANTONIO -

The Memorial Minutemen are set to do battle against the Southside Cardinals Friday. 

While they prepared for the on-field battle, students in the classroom prepared for their future after graduation.

Memorial will see its first graduating class from the Toltech T-STEM  Academy. The curriculum concentrates on science, technology, engineering and math and, after four years, the students have benefited.

“It has definitely given me a strong foundation in mathematics and science,” said Maria Mora. 

Mora is planning to go to Stanford to pursue a career in bio-medical engineering.

Classmate Ramon Vazquez learned details about the engineering field and that just help support his career choice of aerospace engineering.

“I want to see if I can build the next generation of jet fighters,” said Vazquez./

He said he wants to learn how to do that at MIT.

The Southside Cardinals have seen a couple of their students pull off a rare feat. 

David Cruz and William Rodriguez are both National Hispanic Merit Scholars.  There were some 5,300 scholars selected from across the country, out of nearly 260,000.

“I was just thrilled (and) ecstatic just to be recognized at such a highly prestigious level,” said William Rodriquez, one of the scholar winners.

Rodriquez is headed to the University of Texas to study music, while his fellow Merit Scholar-winner Cruz wants to be neurologist. He was headed to the University of Texas until letters started flowing in.

“I have been getting a lot of letters from all kinds of colleges, " Rodriquez said. 

One of those letters came from John Hopkins University.

The hard work is paying off for the students.

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