The native of Guatemala is headed to Marian University


Deiny Toss won’t have to travel far from home when his freshman year in college begins this fall. The Shortridge High School senior, who’s set to graduate with summa cum laude honors and an International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma on June 14, will attend Marian University as a biology major.

Even with his impressive academic career, Deiny wasn’t quite sure how he could continue financially at the next level. Thanks to a variety of scholarships, he’s on his way to obtaining his bachelor’s degree and eventually a master’s in education.

As an IPS Honors scholar, Deiny answered a few questions about himself and his time at IPS. Here’s what he said.

Why is being a top scholar important?

My school is filled with diligent and studious scholars; many of them are also in the IB program and others are taking Advanced Placement (AP) classes. At my school, what is most important is growth. Learning and improving in knowledge to help others. My school has a math lab and writer studio where students volunteer to tutor other students. Being a top scholar is important because it helps get scholarships and get into universities, but it’s mostly about improvement.

What hardships have you overcome? How did it affect your outlook on life, academically and personally?

I’ve had so many hardships to get where I am at this point. I’ve had to deal with not having self-confidence because many people did not believe in me. As of last year, I was still an immigrant and I thought I would have no opportunity to continue studying for a better career in life. Fortunately, I received my green card, and have even gotten many scholarships to attend a private school. There were many things that tried to keep me down, (including) the idea that even if I got the best grades in the class, I could not go off to college because I would not be able to gain the money or the financial aid needed to pay off college. However, I always tried my best, because I had hope.

Provide a little-known fact about yourself.

I was born in Guatemala, so I went to school there until third grade. Even when I was in elementary school in Guatemala, I was at the top of my class. When I got here, it took me only a year to learn English before I began to work my way to the top of the class again.

What is your career goal?

My career goal is to become a biology teacher. I have an interest in the science and teaching children. However, I always wanted to become a doctor, so even though I’m majoring in biology and mastering in education, I will eventually attend a medical school to become a doctor.