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Community college student receives national honor

An Enterprise college student was one of 20 selected for a national award.
Nineteen-year-old Vicente Cortez made this year's All USA Community College Academic Team and is one of just 20 community college students selected in the country.
Nineteen-year-old Vicente Cortez made this year's All USA Community College Academic Team and is one of just 20 community college students selected in the country.
"Vicente is one of the success stories," said Kristi Peters, Enterprise State Community College math teacher and Phi Theta Kappa advisor who witnessed the success first hand over the last two years.
"Vicente is one of the success stories," said Kristi Peters, Enterprise State Community College math teacher and Phi Theta Kappa advisor who witnessed the success first hand over the last two years.

An Enterprise State Community College student is receiving national recognition.

Nineteen-year-old Vicente Cortez made this year's All USA Community College Academic Team and is one of just 20 community college students selected in the country.

Since he was homeschooled from kindergarten through his senior year in high school, he never sat in a classroom with other students until he went to college. 

"My mother had a friend who was a certified teacher, and she came to my house, or I would go to her house and she would tutor me for three hours a day," said Cortez.

But his homeschooling program didn't qualify him for a high school diploma, so instead, he earned a G.E.D.

But with one foot in the door, Vicente quickly moved up the ranks, became an honor student, and was even elected as president of the school's honor society.

He was then was invited to apply for the All State Academic Team.  From there, he made the list of those selected from community colleges around the nation.  He was chosen out of 1,700 nominees and 800 community colleges.

"I was very happy.  It was an honor to represent Enterprise in such a positive way,” Cortez said.

He was once shy and insecure from not being around kids his own age, and now, those days are long gone.

"The person I was two years ago is completely unrecognizable from who I am today, as far as my outgoing personality and my drive," said Cortez.

"Vicente is one of the success stories," said Kristi Peters, Enterprise State Community College math teacher and Phi Theta Kappa advisor who witnessed the success first hand over the last two years.

"He deserved this honor, because he is an amazing young man and has put hard work and dedication into everything he has done on this campus." Peters said.

A student who was once known to only a few is now an inspiration to a lot of people.

Vicente plans to continue his education, earning a graduate degree and later working in advertising.
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