Perry’s Nguyen dreams of going to MIT

Hopes to gain 60 college credits by end of senior year

By Sam Shriver -

Wesley Nguyen

Wesley Nguyen

Sam Shriver | The Lima News

LIMA — Wesley Nguyen, 17, is entering his senior year at Perry High School.

He already has 44 college credits through the College Credit Plus program.

“I came to Perry when I was in the sixth grade from Columbus. I went to Olentangy Meadows Elementary. In the 9th grade, I started doing the College Credit Plus program here at Perry, and I should have 60 credits by the end of my senior year,” said Nguyen.

He says he wants to go into the computer science field after high school.

“I’ve always been fascinated with computers since I was like seven. One of my mom’s clients actually gifted us a computer and I started using that and I saw what it could do and what people could do using computers and just because of like how we can go through like a billion digits of pi. You can use computers to calculate the trajectory of the rocket going to Mars,” he said.

Nguyen, a member of the National Honor Society with a 4.33 GPA, has his sights set high for where he wants to attend college.

“My dream college is MIT, but that’s a tough one to get into. I think if I can’t make it to MIT, there are other big tech schools. OSU is like the third biggest school in the nation right now, so it has tons of resources for research. I’m 100 percent sure my credit hours from OSU-Lima will transfer over to OSU,” he said.

Nguyen’s parents were not originally from the Lima area.

“My mom came over to the U.S. from Vietnam when she was 19, and we could only come to the U.S. because of my grandfather, who was a prisoner of war for 10 years, so because of that the U.S. allowed my parents to come over,” he said.

So how does he like his experience at Perry High School?

“The College Credit Plus thing is a big bonus, the flexibility of my schedule so I can schedule my college classes and then my high school classes will be around the college classes. I’m in the marching band, so that gives me a big opportunity to meet other students in the area. This last year, our science program got the funding to get a robotics program going in our science class, so I’m pretty happy with the education I’ve had here so far,” he added.

Wesley Nguyen Nguyen Sam Shriver | The Lima News
Hopes to gain 60 college credits by end of senior year

By Sam Shriver

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