From Lufkin to Princeton: Lufkin ISD senior 1st ever to be accepted to Princeton University

William Chance (Source: Lufkin ISD)
William Chance (Source: Lufkin ISD)

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - William Chance, a Senior at Lufkin High School and 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.

"You know, it still feels a little bit surreal," Chance. "It's just the culmination of a lot of hard work."

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.

To get into Princeton, students need to not only have a strong educational background but also have an impact on their school and community.

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.

"What Chance has been able to do is the things he likes to do," Lufkin High School Principal Mark Smith said. "Teachers have promoted that and encouraged that to do those things."

Chance said that even though he is moving over 1,400 miles away, he still plans on Books that Benefit to still operate.

I talked to people at Princeton," Chance said. "There is a need for Books that Benefit there in Princeton, and so I am just going to pick up right where I left off here."

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."

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.