Out of the thousands upon thousands of Lufkin High School students who have walked across the stage to receive their diploma, William Chance will be the first ever to do this...he will be attending classes in the Fall at one of the world's most prestigious universities. 

Chance, who is also a National Merit Semi-finalist, has been accepted to Princeton University, the number one ranked university among national universities by U.S. News and World Report's Best College Rankings for 2014.

Founded in 1746, the historic campus of Princeton University, a member of the Ivy League, is located in Princeton, New Jersey.  More than 1,100 faculty members instruct approximately 5,200 undergraduate students and 2,600 graduate students.

Although students from Lufkin ISD have attended other Ivy League universities, Chance will be the first graduate of Lufkin High School to attend Princeton University. He will row crew for the school's nationally ranked men's heavyweight team.  Chance plans to major in economics and finance.

Chance, the son of Becca and Jeff Chance, is the founder of Books That Benefit, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that has provided more than 15,000 books to children throughout the state of Texas.

Chance said, "Without the great education I received through the Lufkin Independent School District, I would not have been able to achieve this goal.  I'm grateful for the support of my family, teachers and community throughout my life.  I'm excited about the next chapter, but no matter where life leads me, I know Lufkin, Texas will always be home.  I'm very blessed."

We are honored to called William Chance a fellow East Texan!