Diboll High School senior Omar Solis was recently honored as a member of the National Hispanic Recognition Program.
The program recognized about 5,300 Hispanic/Latino students selected from a pool of more than 259,000 who took the 2013 PSAT/NMSQT.
Solis scored a 198 on his PSAT last year, and the national benchmark for the test is 147.
Although the honor does not include a monetary award, being listed as a National Hispanic Scholar may give students an opportunity to hear from colleges that are particularly interested in communicating with prospective students of Hispanic heritage, according to the program’s Web site.
Solis plans to attend Texas A&M and major in Mechanical Engineering.
“I think A&M offers like $14,000 over four years,” Solis said of what the NHRP recognition could mean in terms of scholarship dollars.
Solis plays soccer and runs cross country. He also competes in Academic Decathlon. He is National Honor Society reporter, a SMASH officer and a Spanish Club member. Last year he was named to NASA’s Texas High School Aerospace Scholars Program.
He is the son of Maria and Esteban Solis.