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With help from Boys & Girls Club, Nashua South senior becomes first college student in family

NASHUA – Nashua High School South senior Hector Collazo is looking forward to graduation this weekend.

“For me, being the first one in my family to actually graduate high school, and to be the first one to go to college – it’s a great feeling,” he said. “I wouldn’t have done it without the Boys Club.” ...

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NASHUA – Nashua High School South senior Hector Collazo is looking forward to graduation this weekend.

“For me, being the first one in my family to actually graduate high school, and to be the first one to go to college – it’s a great feeling,” he said. “I wouldn’t have done it without the Boys Club.”

In fact, Collazo didn’t know he was in the running for UNH, his top choice school, until he was surprised with an acceptance letter at the university during a Boys & Girls Club field trip to the campus with his club mentor Julie Dube, who is also the clubhouse director in Nashua.

“Julie was asking me to take a picture with the Wildcat, and I was like ‘I don’t know, I don’t think I’ll make it here to this school.’ So we took a group picture because I didn’t want to single myself out,” he said.

At the end of the tour, UNH students met with their group for a talk, he said.

“I sat by this big packet, not knowing my name was on it, and the administrator took it from behind me and said ‘We have a student right here, right now, and we want to have him open this right in front of us.’ I opened it, and it was an acceptance letter to UNH,” he said. “Everyone was crying. I think the students were nearly crying. … It was an amazing feeling. One of them was like ‘I don’t even know you, but I’m tearing up.’ I never knew it was going to happen like that. I was proud at that moment, because me and Julie had gone through so much throughout the year.”

Collazo has lived in Nashua all his life and has been a part of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua for the past 10 years.

“My mentor has been a backbone to me,” he said.

Although he met obstacles outside of school, Collazo said he found support at the high school and the club.

“They kept me up with my work,” he said.

Dube and Collazo plan on staying in touch while he’s in college.

As for the surprise announcement, Dube said, “What happened was that UNH and the Boys & Girls Club started a collaboration, and they came into our building multiple times and they met some of our members who are students (at South). They wanted to bring them to the tour, even though it was past the deadline.

“So, even though it was past the deadline, we still brought a few different seniors, and when we got there, the assistant director of admissions informed me that they accepted him that morning,” Dube said. “I had to hold it from him for the whole day.

“I tease him because he had the packet right behind him … with his name on it, but he had no idea.”

“It all happened so fast,” Collazo said.

At UNH, he plans to major in studio arts, with a minor in architecture.

He began to get interested in architecture through the CAD program at Nashua South.

“The CAD program is Computer Aided Design, so it’s helping me get more into architecture,” he said. “I like the program and the (instructor, Lenny Harrison,) is really involved in the class.”

His favorite part of high school?

“Meeting new people, making new friends, and just being involved in all the programs that the school has to offer,” he said.

Collazo encourages underclassmen to get involved as well.

“Be involved, do not slack your senior year, just be more active throughout your school years,” he said.

Tina Forbes can be reached at 594-6402 or tforbes@nashuatelegraph.com. Also, follow Forbes on Twitter (@Telegraph_TinaF).