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Hug High School Student Receives Gates Millennium Scholarship

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From Washoe County School District:

Hug High School senior Jose Solorio has been named a winner of a Gates Millennium Scholarship, one of only four students in Nevada and the only student in the Washoe County School District to receive the prestigious honor this year. The scholarship will fund Solorio’s education at the university of his choice for any field of study through graduation.

“Jose Solorio is one of the best and brightest young men to have walked the halls of Hug High School,” said Jason Aytes, who teaches social studies. “Although much of his success can be attributed to a fantastic natural skill set, he has never been one to settle, and certainly not one to back down from a challenge. While Jose certainly possesses an impressive level of natural intelligence, he has used hard work to reach for his potential, refusing to rest solely on his natural abilities. His being recognized as a 2014 Gates Millennium Scholar is a fitting and well-deserved honor for this outstanding young man.”

“It’s an honor to be recognized as a 2014 Gates Millennium Scholar,” said Solorio. “I understand that this is a prestigious and competitive process, and I am thankful to have been selected. I’m excited for my next challenge, as I will be attending college at the University of California, Davis beginning next year.”

Jose Solorio and his twin brother, Antonio, were born in Arizona and lived in Mexico with their family before coming to Reno. They enrolled in English as a Second Language (ESL) classes and speech therapy to overcome the language barriers they faced. Both became so proficient in Spanish and English, they were able to pass Advanced Placement classes in both languages to earn college credit.

Jose plans to study civil engineering at UC Davis this fall. Antonio has been selected as a finalist for the Questbridge scholars program and will attend UC Berkeley in the fall.

The Gates Millennium Scholarship program was established in 1999, and was initially funded by a $1 billion grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The program provides opportunities for outstanding minority students who are facing significant financial barriers to their education.

“Jose has worked hard for his entire school career,” said his counselor, Carly Sweder. “He has worked diligently to be at the top of his class. His hard work in all of his classes, sports, and extracurricular activities is something that has served him well. His potential for what he will do in life is unlimited, and we will miss him at Hug.”

From Washoe County School District

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