Before he warned of a United Nations’ conspiracy to rid the game of golf or preached that Texas is a “sovereign” state, or even infamously attacked United States war hero Chuck Hagel on ludicrous, far-out allegations at the would-be Pentagon chief’s confirmation hearing, GOP presidential hopeful, current Texas senator and butter-chinned Canadian Ted Cruz attended Second Baptist School in Houston.

He graduated in 1988, when he was 18 years old. The following footage was captured at some point during that year and documents the future American politician filling in the audience on what he aims to do in the decades ahead. Hint: he wants to rule the world (among other things).