Xzavier W. Herbert, son of Dr. Willie and Tanis Herbert and brother of Antionette, is an amazing young man.
I can still remember seeing him as a little fellow at the same day care my granddaughter attended. Even then, he was congenial and always had a pleasing smile.
As he grew, he kept that mild, easygoing personality and was well-liked by peers. You could tell that he was going to be an achiever as he grew up, but no one could have predicted just how much.
He recently graduated from Central High School with amazing skills and qualifications. He was admired by staff and students at Central and was always touted for his serious approach to schoolwork. He took challenging courses — college-level courses like AP chemistry; trigonometry; calculus 1, 11, and 111; independent study; number theory; and abstract algebra.
He had a math mentor, G. Griffin Elder, a professor in the math department at UNO.
Some of his honors and distinctions include Central High School Golden Eagle of Distinction Honor; NASA Nebraska Space Grant Fellow; Haddix 24th Street Corridor Program; Research Scholar; member of the National Society of High School Scholars; member of the National Honor Society; and many musical awards from the Nebraska Music Education Association, a nonprofit organization of music educators that among other things offers competitions and performance opportunities to students.
Some of his extracurricular activities are Central High School Chamber Strings (violin), drumline (tenor drum snare), wind ensemble (percussion) and Omaha Public Schools All City Music Festival. He also lettered in academics, orchestra, band and swimming.
While maintaining a 4.0 GPA, he was involved in community services, including serving residents at Sorenson Care and Rehabilitation Center on Christmas Day the past five years, serving the homeless population at Siena-Francis House on Thanksgiving Day and performing alongside the Omaha Symphony in the Physicians Mutual Omaha Symphony Christmas Celebration for 20 shows. He is also an active leader in weekly spiritual and personal development classes at his church, Salem Baptist.
Xzavier applied to nine colleges and was accepted at all nine. They include the California Institute of Technology, Stanford, Princeton, Harvey Mudd, Claremont McKenna, Rice, UNO and Nebraska.
He accepted a spot at the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the private research university in Cambridge.
Xzavier is excited about his next step in life and has many of us praying for the continuation of outstanding achievements.
One of Xzavier’s most impressive attributes is that he has managed to be a most humble young man. His parents provided a God-fearing home environment where Xzavier and his sister were in church from birth. They were taught to live a Christian life and remain respectful.
It appears that the family fully embraced the biblical Scripture Isaiah 40:31: “But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.”
Xzavier has an excellent start to “mount up with wings like eagles.” He has already shown us what he can do.