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Academic Highlights 2015-2016


2015-2016 Academic Highlights

A national record 14 Gates Scholarship Recipients (full scholarship to any university for up to 10 years).

Cathedral has 59 Gates Scholars in its history and has broken or tied the national record every year since 2014.

2016 Gates Recipients:
Daniel Fernandez (Harvard), Matthew Hallmark (Princeton), Esteban Orozco (Baylor), Pablo Herrera (Baylor), Sebastian Horcasitas (Kettering University), Anthony Nava (UTEP), Antonio Reynoso (University of Colorado at Boulder), Daniel Barrio (University of California at Berkeley), Roberto Ruiz (UT Austin), Fabian Yepo (Texas A&M), Cameron Paredes (St. Edward’s), Sebastian De La Cruz (St. Edward’s), Caesar Garcia (St. Edward’s), Victor Portillo (Texas AM)

2 Questbridge Finalists (Cathedral also boasts 2015 Questbridge Winner Hector Chaires who currently attends Rice University)

Finalists: Daniel Fernandez and Matthew Hallmark

Javier Escobar: Accepted to Duke University as an Early Decision applicant and recipient of the prestigious Coca Cola and Nordstrom Scholarships.

Javier is the only Coca Cola Scholar from El Paso, Texas and one of only 80 students nationwide to receive a Nordstrom scholarship.



Francis Lopez and Ryan Smith were named Greehey Scholars at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio. This prestigious scholarship covers all expenses including an opportunity to study abroad.

Seniors Javier Escobar and Sebastian Nunez participated as High School Aerospace Scholars at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in the summer of 2015.High School Aerospace Scholars is an interactive online learning experience highlighted by a weeklong internship. The project includes preliminary interactive Web-based activities, distance learning and a residential experience during the summer at JSC. From across the state of Texas, students are selected to participate by their state legislator through a competitive process.


Hunter Urrea has been selected as one of the 19 Hesburgh-Yusko scholars for the University of Notre Dame, a comprehensive undergraduate merit scholarship and enrichment program.

Selected from a pool of hundreds of applicants, the HYSP Class of 2020 embodies the Program’s vision of leadership, scholarship, personal integrity and social responsibility. Each student receives an annual award of $25,000 toward the cost of attendance during their undergraduate tenure. The Program includes four funded summer enrichment experiences, seminars and service-learning projects, in addition to academic advising, career preparation, alumni mentoring and networking. Hunter is the only scholar selected from El Paso and the only scholar from the state of Texas.


17 students named National Hispanic Scholars in 2016 and 2017  
The College Board identifies academically outstanding Hispanic/Latino high school students with a qualifying high score on their PSAT during their junior year and at least a cumulative 3.5 GPA. Each year, 5000 of the highest-scoring students from over 250,000 Hispanic/Latino juniors who take the PSAT/NMSQT are recognized as National Hispanic Scholars

2016 scholars:
Zachary Flaherty, Daniel Barrio, Fabian Yepo, Matthew Hallmark, Noah Ruelas, Victor Portillo, Eric Peters, Sean Miller, Hunter Urrea.

2017 scholars: Kevin Caballero, Landen Van Deman, Samuel Duran, Jason Creighton, Jacinto Obregon, David Anchondo,