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Spotlight on Youth: Andres Fernandez Pallares

Photo of student Andres Fernandez Pallares flanked by Mayor Hiremath and Councilmember Snider.

Andres Fernandez Pallares just graduated Canyon Del Oro High School as the class salutatorian.

In addition to academic excellence, Andres has a heart of service.

Andres assembled a group of students to help tutor the children of refugee families, working with these students every Wednesday throughout the school year.

May 20, 2015

He helped tutor chemistry students at this high school every Tuesday.

Andres is the first person to show up to work at any of our school fundraisers and the last to leave, and he has been involved in numerous charitable events - too many to list.

Andres is a candidate for a full International Baccalaureate diploma, as part of the International Baccalaureate Program, which CDO began in 2012. This program is recognized and respected by the world’s leading universities.

His International Baccalaureate teacher said the other students see him as a kind and giving person who will help in any way he can, without expecting anything in return.

In addition to his community service, Andres has demonstrated impressive academic achievement.

We’ve just learned that he was named class Salutatorian, and because of his hard work, he has no no shortage of college options:

  • He’s earned a full, four-year scholarship to the University of Pennsylvania, where he has decided to attend.
  • He’s also been offered a four-year scholarship worth $248,000 to Williams College in Massachusetts
  • Tulane has offered a four-year scholarship worth $180,000
  • And he is still on the waiting list for Princeton

It takes more than just good grades to earn this level of scholarship funding. It takes personal integrity, leadership and compassion.