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CHHS Graduate Timothy Montequin Tells His Story

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Timothy Montequin - Cedar Hill High School Class of 2016

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Longhorn alumnus Timothy Montequin was caught off guard the morning he received an email that changed his life.

“Every day for the two weeks prior, I was religiously checking my email every hour,” Montequin said. However, on that day, the University of Texas at Dallas freshman was simply focused on getting to class on time.

The anticipated email informed him he earned a spot to study abroad through the Fulbright Summer Institute.

“I was ecstatic that I had gotten it,” he said.

Competing against more than 1,200 applications, Montequin is one out of only 59 students selected to participate in the Fulbright Summer Institute this year. He was chosen because he has demonstrated leadership potential through his academic work and extracurricular activities.

Montequin will attend the three-week program this summer, where he will study media, art and design, and business at the University of Westminster in London. Montequin says he hopes to strengthen his leadership skills and meet others with a similar passion for nonprofit causes.

Montequin is majoring in accounting with a minor in public affairs at UTD, and he credits his academic experience at CHISD helped him choose his course of study.

Montequin worked on multiple service projects as a member and co-president of the CHHS DECA chapter, an organization which helps prepare students for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality, management, and other business areas through competitions and public service.

His connection with DECA continued after high school. His former marketing teacher and DECA advisor Miyosha Guinn gave him a letter of recommendation, and helped him earn his most recent honor.

Montequin attended Cedar Hill ISD from first grade to twelfth grade, graduating in 2016 from Cedar Hill High School. The longtime Longhorn says that it’s difficult to pick just one favorite teacher.

“I loved all my teachers; I’m not exaggerating. It’s hard to put one above the other.”

After graduation, he is considering joining the Peace Corps or AmeriCorps and then pursuing nonprofit work.