McNeil High School Salutatorian Mason Ruether spent his days throughout high school improving his golf game on the varsity team and continually challenging himself academically.
Ruether will now continue his education at the University of Texas at Austin where he will study undergraduate studies in pursuit of a chemical engineering degree. He found a passion for chemistry during his senior year AP Chemistry class where he practiced hands-on experimentation.
“The chemical level of science is what interests me the most,” Ruether said. “I’d like to go into a career in the Chevron oil field or something like DOW Chemicals where I would be able to progress the creation of new chemicals and materials to better improve lives.”
Along with McNeil, Ruether also attended Forest North and Sommer elementary schools and Cedar Valley Middle School. Ruether was a member of the McNeil varsity golf team for four years and was a member of Mu Alpha Theta.
Ruether was in a unique position to be a member of the varsity golf team not only as a freshman, but the entirety of his high school career. Along with a passion for science and golf, Ruether also excelled in many classes, like English with McNeil English teacher Linda Hengst, who Ruether said has been his most influential teacher in Round Rock ISD.
“He is unique in his approach to each assignment and is one of those students I know will challenge me and entertain me with his observations,” Hengst said. “I especially enjoy his responses to anything satirical. His intellect and wit make him an impressive intellectual force.”