BOYNTON VALEDICTORIAN HOPES TO MAKE MARK IN MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

April 2018

Chase Mango’s robotics team advanced to the world championship two years in a row.

“It’s great to meet the people from all over the world with similar interests,” said Mango, of Lake Worth.

He considers the robotics team his greatest high school achievement. Another lofty accomplishment for Mango: Boynton Beach High School valedictorian.

“I basically made school my No. 1 focus above all else,” said the 18-year-old.

Another key for Mango was dual enrolling in multiple colleges and high-level classes.

A member of Boynton Aerospace and Science Academy (BASA), he earned 17 credits enrolled in a choice program dual enrolling with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He also thrived in dual enrollment at Palm Beach State College, where he earned 20 credits.

All those dual enrollments created a high-stress environment for Mango, but he managed to stay on top of his studies by “not procrastinating.”

Now, Mango will enter Embry-Riddle, where he plans to major in mechanical engineering.

“I hope to do something that will change the world,” Mango said. “An engineer solves problems and this world has plenty of issues that need to be solved. Maybe one day I could make a dent on that list.”

Mango participated in as many engineer-related activities as he could in high school. He was captain of SECME (Science, Engineering, Communication, Mathematics, Education) from 2015-18, and a key part of the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC and FTC) from 2016-18. He was also a member of the Fishing Club and National Honor Society.

For volunteering, he participated in Paint Your Heart Out, which uses recycled paint to paint houses for the less fortunate, with the Solid Waste Authority. He also offered algebra tutoring three times per week during lunch.

He’s held several lifesaving certificates, including CPR and Basic Life Support through the American Heart Association, Emergency Medical Responder through IEMRS and Life Guard through the American Red Cross

His advice for underclassmen?

“Make a schedule to get your studies done,” Mango said. “It’s easier to keep up than catch up. As soon as I had a deadline, whether it was for school or something else, I’d mark it down so there was no chance it would be forgotten.”

He said his parents, Jeanne and James, were instrumental in his reaching valedictorian. But he points to balancing his heavy course load as another major key to his success.

“Staying focused in the high stress of dual enrolling in multiple colleges and high-level classes was huge,” Mango said.

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