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GWU, Wheaton Teams Win 2016 Texas CWS

Students representing Wheaton College celebrate at Texas CWS
Posted: August 11, 2016 at 11:15 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Teams made up predominantly of students from Mexico and the host state of Texas were victorious in the last of 2016’s Collegiate World Series programs, held July 27-31 at the University of North Texas in Denton.

Nearly 125 students from eight states (Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Pennsylvania, and Texas), the Dominican Republic, and Mexico participated in the event.

“The students attending the NHI CWS are some of the most impressive, motivated young people with whom we have the opportunity to engage and are already on a path to be exemplary leaders who will certainly make a difference in our communities,” UNT Executive Director of Admissions Rebecca Lothringer said. “UNT is honored to host these students and be a part of their journey to higher education.”

​”​My experience at the Texas CWS was phenomenal,” said Karl R. Gibson II from Mathis High School​ in Mathis, Texas​. “I learned some things that I didn’t know and shared with others who I am. NHI has taught me many great things about myself that I never thought about before. Learning about who you are should be celebrated. When I look back, I say to myself, “I can use what I have learned from NHI leadership programs and put the skills and in every day life.” NHI has greatly developed me and always been there whenever I faced challenges or needed guidance. Graduating from NHI means is a huge accomplishment no one can take away from you. For me, it defines who I am.

“Competitive and enlightening, the CWS challenged me to think far outside of the box to make sure I’m confident with any obstacle that may come my way,” Kyle Crespin from Lamar High School in Lamar, Colorado, added. “I also was able to make connections to many college admissions officers that I can easily get ahold of, as experts and friends, to lend me a hand.​”

Representatives from Baylor University, George Washington University, Iowa State University, New York University, Oberlin College & Conservatory, Texas A&M University, Texas Tech University, University of North Texas, University of Oklahoma, and Wheaton College participated in the event.

The Texas CWS has two separate competitions: The League Series (College Admissions Competition) and The Thought Series (Inquiry Based Learning Competition). Wheaton College’s Admissions Counselor, Dominique Maxey Vega, and her team won The League Series Competition. Students on the Wheaton College team included:

Claryssa Casarez (Young Women’s Leadership Academy, San Antonio, Texas)
Nathan DeHoyos (Alamo Heights High School, Alamo Heights, Texas)
Hessel Duarte (East Austin College Prep, Austin, Texas)
Issel Flores (Palmview High School, Mission, Texas)
Alma Gomez (Palmview High School, Mission, Texas)
Jianna Keska (Lyons Township High School, La Grange, Illinois)
María Ojeda González (Escuela Carlos Pereyra, Torreon, Mexico)
Adelina Rodriguez (Marana High School, Tuscon, Arizona)
Etienne Ruiz (Notre Dame Prep, Phoenix, Arizona)
Ivan Torres (Liberal Arts and Science Academy, Austin, Texas)
Gerardo Valdez (Sterling High School, Baytown, Texas)
Rene Villegas (Mickey Leland College Prep Academy for Young Men, Houston, Texas).

For the Thought Series Competition, George Washington University’s team won. Those students included:

Madison Alvarez (Ursuline Academy of Dallas, Dallas, Texas)
Paola Bedolla (Judge Barefoot Sanders Law Magnet, Dallas, Texas)
Isaac Castro (Alamo Heights High School, Alamo Heights, Texas)
Julian Cedillo (Fort Worth Country Day, Benbrook, Texas)
Eda Garcia (Challenge Early College High School, Houston, Texas)
Lance Jones (Cotulla High School, Cotulla, Texas)
Veronica Martinez (High Tech High Chula Vista, Chula Vista, California)
Rene Nieto Contreras (Colegio Americano de Torreon, Torreon, Mexico)
Aspen Sampson (Central High School, Pueblo, Colorado)
Enrique Sierra (Eagle Pass High School, Eagle Pass, Texas)
Justin Ybarra (Moody High School, Corpus Christi, Texas)

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