RUSSELL COUNTY, AL (WTVM) - Russell County High School just across the Chattahoochee River is like all area school districts.
Parents and teachers have great pride in all their graduating seniors. But there is one special young man there who accomplished something fantastic.
His name is Sergio Ortiz and not so long ago he immigrated to Alabama and couldn't speak English. But he steadily applied himself, with the support of his parents and Russell County High School teachers.
He overcame shyness and did his school work. Fast forward to today. Sergio was able to get offers of multiple college scholarships totaling an amazing $814,000.
What we think is so terrific about Sergio is that he is setting an example for every other high school student.
His experience is unique, yet the persistence and dedication to achieving a goal is something any student can emulate.
Wouldn't it be wonderful if other students learned what Sergio did and decided to make the same effort?
Actually, we know many students do just that and they, too, win impressive scholarships. Maybe not as many as Sergio won, but it really only takes one scholarship to get a leg up when it comes to minimizing the costs of the always expensive college experience.
If Sergio can succeed, so can your child or grandchild. Having parents who help encourage their children's academic commitment and also participate in the college application process is one of the best ways to be successful - not just in terms of getting into college but in creating a successful life.
Sergio's success at college applications may be a little over the top, but we say good for him. His success should be an inspiration and could be the motivation for others to attempt the same thing.
The opportunities for every dedicated student to find the right college fit and scholarship exists for everyone.
That should be the lesson we learn from Sergio Ortiz.
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