The top-ranked student was also honored by the Daughters of the American Revolution on April 19. He was presented with a lapel pin and certificate for his “dependability, service, leadership and patriotism.”
In addition, the A-THS star basketball player was featured in BusinessWeek.
Cortez, “had his sights set on attending Texas Lutheran University in Seguin, a private university with 1,360 students, with a hefty price tag of nearly $33,000 in tuition and fees,” as reported by BusinessWeek. Carlos became one of the recipients of a new program, the TLU Choice Scholarship, which allows him to attend the private school at public school cost.
Under the program that opened in February, Cortez, who was accepted by TLU had only to show the school his acceptance letters from two public universities to obtain the scholarship.
“When we saw you could go to a private school for the same cost as a public, we were like, ‘wow, we can’t believe it,’” said Patsy Cortez, Carlos’ mother. “That really made the difference.”
Carlos is as astute an athlete as he is a student. During basketball season, he was highlighted by area sportswriters for knocking down seven three-pointers, along with 36 points in a win over Pettus; 34 points in a win over Runge; and 30 points a game in wins over Port Aransas and Aransas Pass Highlands Avenue.
He was named the most valuable player in the Redfish Classic after he averaged 38.7 points in a game and hit eight three-pointers in wins over Corpus Christi Annapolis Academy, the Memorial sophomores and Yorktown. He also had 39 points in treys in another win over Yorktown.