By Lanz Christian Bañes
Jared Hanson, a standout in sports and academics, has faced many challenges.
But this Saturday, the 18-year-old valedictorian of Benicia High School will have to face one more when he delivers his speech in front of friends, family and staff at graduation.
“I’m pretty nervous actually,” Hanson said.
Regardless, Hanson will have a lot to look forward to as he not only snagged the top academic honors at Benicia High, but will head to Massachusetts Institute of Technology. MIT students cannot declare a major their first year, but Hanson hopes to study mechanical engineering at the prestigious university.