Irving’s Hayden Tapia shows her love for learning, baseball and graphic design

Hayden Tapia is like any other teenager. The 16-year-old junior from Irving High School enjoys sports, especially baseball, specifically the Detroit Tigers.

He shows his love of the sport as the team manager of his school’s baseball team.

“My most important job is to encourage them,” says Hayden. “I will also look for the fake bullets.”

Hayden is also thriving academically. He takes pride in getting good grades – A and B – and although his favorite subject is math, he also really enjoys his graphic design class.

“We can create buttons and folders and design in Illustrator,” he says. “It’s really fun.”

Hayden’s assimilation is not accidental. Despite her autism and a speech delay, her mother, Elena Tapia, insisted and did all she could – with the help of her teachers at Irving ISD Elementary School, in Zavala Middle and now in Irving High – to make sure he had a normal life. as possible.

“I always encouraged him to get involved, just like any other student,” says Elena. “We didn’t want that to hold him back. He’s doing really well. He’s very confident, and I think it’s because we made it a point to say “good job” to him and to recognize his every effort. “

And just like many of his classmates, Hayden is preparing for the next step after high school. He hopes to go to college to study art.

“Hayden is a great student and it’s a joy to have in class,” says Christopher Glenn, professor of graphic design at Irving High. “This is the kind of student every teacher wants in their classroom. He takes leadership well, works well independently, and is an excellent problem solver. I have no doubt that he will be successful in whatever he does.

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