Meet Derek Dickenscheidt

Derek Dickenscheidt

By Joan Frances –

As a senior at Cinco Ranch High School, Derek Dickenscheidt has achieved success and respect for his accomplishments. From academics to sports and extracurricular activities, his positive attitude and commitment to excellence has prepared him for a very successful future.

Dickenscheidt has taken Advanced Placement (AP) and Gifted and Talented (GT) classes throughout his high school career. He is a member of the National Honor Society, the National Spanish Honor Society and the Engineering Club. He received a National Youth Leadership nomination for Engineering and Technology. He also participates in Cougars Achieving Through Service (CATS) every year.

Dickenscheidt is ranked 43rd out of 770 students in his graduating class. His favorite teacher is Mrs. Sherri Scott, his Pre Cal teacher. “She made math fun. I’ve always enjoyed the subject, but Mrs. Scott gave it a boost as she taught us new material and prepared us for Calculus. In addition to that, she is one of the nicest teachers and one of the friendliest people I know. Every time I see her, she has a huge smile on her face and always brightens up my day with a simple, ‘hello.’”

Dickenscheidt’s forte is basketball. He has earned 19-6A All-District Basketball Selection and 19-6A Academic All-District for the past three years as a varsity player. His leadership skills are highly regarded, and this year he was chosen to be team captain by his fellow peers. “Being a leader in basketball is more than just leading your team on the court. It’s about being a role model on and off the floor with your actions. I gain fulfillment from the comfort that I am changing lives for the better and helping my peers in everything they do. Whether sports related or in the general game of life, I pray they can see how I carry myself and know that hard work pays off in the end.” Dickenscheidt will treasure the memories he made playing basketball during high school. “It was always the biggest part of my extracurricular. Hanging out with my teammates and messing around will forever be with me. From year to year, there have been many friends who have come and gone, but we have always bonded. No matter the situation, we will be there for each other.”

In addition to Dickenscheidt’s excellence in academics and basketball, he is extremely involved at Kingsland Baptist Church. He has a passion and love for the Lord and hopes to inspire other kids to see God in everything they do. Since he was 11 years old, he has participated in Life Groups with his peers, which is a Sunday night Bible study class. He also leads a core group of 6th grade boys on Sunday mornings.

A value Dickenscheidt lives by is Faith. “I live by the verse Philippians 4:13, which says, ‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.’ This is key for me as I am strong in my faith and believe anything is possible with the Lord by my side. It also reminds me from day to day that I must stay true to who I am and be the light that God would have me be.”

Dickenscheidt has applied to Johns Hopkins University, Swarthmore College and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), which is his number one prospective school with a reserved basketball roster spot. He plans to major in Mechanical Engineering while playing basketball at the college level.             

Congratulations Derek Dickenscheidt for your talent and commitment to distinctiveness. Good luck as you move forward to make your dreams come true.