Ranked at the top of his class, Guyer High School senior Chimezie Ileje has earned himself many academic titles, including National Achievement Scholar, National Honor Society member and Spanish Honor Society member.
His ambitious personality is emphasized through his involvement in student council, as Mr. GHS, and participation in University Interscholastic League events and Key Club. To friends and teachers, he is affectionately known as Chi-Chi.
Despite all of the Advanced Placement classes, extracurricular activities and college applications, Ileje said he enjoys being busy and working hard, and that it’s a part of who he is.
“I’ve always studied a lot and have been a part of a lot of things,” Ileje said. “I guess I’ve just never paid attention to how much work it is because I enjoy doing it. It makes me happy to have gotten so many achievements, but I never really expected I’d get them. I was just being myself.”
Ileje said he’s grateful for the support he gets from his friends and family.
“It’s nice to have such awesome people supporting me, and I definitely appreciate everything my family and friends have done for me throughout my life,” he said.
Chemistry teacher Paula Robinson said that she believes Ileje will go far in the future.
“Chi-Chi is utterly humble in spite of being at the top of the senior class,” Robinson said. “He’s destined for success and will be a leader wherever he goes. I am not surprised in the least at Chi-Chi’s accomplishments. It’s just who he is.”
Outside of the academic realm, Chi-Chi is loved by his many friends for his kind personality and sense of humor.
“Chi-Chi is incredibly smart, but he’s probably the nicest guy around and he’s incredibly funny,” said senior Andrew Caudill. “He cares a lot about his friends, and he’s always there for them. I don’t think there’s anyone like him.”
EDIE SCOTT is a senior at Guyer High School and a participant in the Denton Record-Chronicle’s “Speak Out Loud” program for student journalists.