Great Graduates: Lucero Castaneda, Somerset High School

Castaneda is first Somerset ISD student to attend Harvard University

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SAN ANTONIO – Lucero Castaneda is the daughter of an immigrant, and is now part of the first generation of her family to go to college. And not just any college. She's headed to Harvard.

Castaneda beat the odds and is now the first student from the Somerset Independent School District to attend the Ivy League university in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Here are five things to know about Lucero Castaneda:

Family is very important to her. Lucero said her parents are a big influence and source of inspiration for her success. 

"My brother played a role, too, because he was one of the first in the family to go to college, he goes to Texas A&M," she said. "When I was little, he started to go to school because he is three years older than me, and immediately I was like, 'I need to go to school, too, and learn like he's learning.'"  

Castaneda's parents said they knew she was destined for greatness from a young age.

"She was always very independent, very goal-driven. I remember when she was 2 years old, she would cry because she wanted to go to school," said Lucero's mother, Elva Castaneda. 

ROTC played a role in her academic success. 

Castaneda is a leader in the Somerset Junior ROTC program, which actually helped her land a four-year scholarship to Harvard. 

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