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Monday, July 21, 2003

Mendoza named to scholar program

The United States Achievement Academy announced today that Marco Mendoza from Fort Stockton has been named an All-American Scholar.

The USAA has established the All-American Scholar Award Program to offer deserved recognition to superior students who excel in the academic disciplines. The All-American Scholars must earn a 3.3, or higher, grade point average. These are awards few students can ever hope to attain.

Marco Mendoza, who attends Fort Stockton Middle School will appear in the All-American Scholar Yearbook, which is published nationally.

"Recognizing and supporting our youth is more important than ever before in America's history. Certainly, United States Achievement Academy winners should be congratulated and appreciate for their dedication to excellence and achievement," said Dr. George Stevens, Executive Director of the United States Achievement Academy.

Marco is the son of Marco and Connie from Fort Stockton, TX. The grandparents are Marcos and Georgia Mendoza from Pecos, TX and Natividad Ybarra, Sr and the late Isabel Ybarra from Fort Stockton.

Fuentes graduates from Harvard College

CAMBRIDGE, MASS. ­ Jonathan Jay Fuentes graduated from Harvard College on June 5. Fuentes is one of approximately 1600 undergraduates this year to "join the fellowship of educated men and women," as the Harvard University president traditionally declares during the Commencement ceremony.

Fuentes, who attended Pecos High School, is the son of Oscar and Pat Fuentes of Pecos, TX.

At Harvard, Fuentes lived in Mather House, one of the 12 residential dormitories at Harvard. Fuentes concentrated in Government and graduated with a bachelor's degree, Cum Laude. Fuentes was active in extracurricular activities at Harvard, including president and director-Relay for Life and Education/Activities Committee for the Harvard Cancer Society; house representative for the Undergraduate Council; and community liaison for RAZA.

Harvard College, the oldest institution of higher education in the United States, was founded in 1636. The University's graduating class has grown from nine students in 1642, the year of the first Commencement, to more than 6,000 students this year, drawn from the College, ten graduate and professional schools, and a school of continuing education.

Harvard College attracts men and women from all of the United States and approximately 130 foreign countries. Its more than 6,000 undergraduates choose from over 40 academic concentrations and over 1,000 courses. Extracurricular life is lively, with more than 250 organizations run by students focusing on their ethnic, musical, literary, political, dramatic, and athletic concerns.

"Enter to grow in wisdom" reads an inscription on one of the famous gates leading into Harvard Yard. On June 5, seniors in the caps and gowns proceeded through the Harvard Yard gates for a final time as students.

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