Pasadena ISD student honored as exceptional student at White House Science Fair

Carlos Sotelo (far right), along with Princeton alums, Simone Li, and Dr. Patricia Falcone with the White House Office of Science Technology Policy.
April 22, 2013 5:51:06 PM PDT
A local student was celebrated Monday at the White House Science Fair as an exceptional student.

Carlos Sotelo, a senior at Sam Rayburn High School in the Pasadena Independent School District, lives in Pasadena with his single mother and two sisters. In the 2011-12 school year, Sotelo took four AP courses and passed all four AP exams. He is currently taking five AP courses.

Sotelo maintains a 5.36 GPA as Class Salutatorian while also serving as Key Club President, Student Council Secretary, Senior Class President, Eco Squad Vice President, National Honor Society Secretary, and a four year member of the varsity orchestra.

He was recently accepted to Princeton University where he will start in the fall.

"We are extremely proud of the academic accomplishments Carlos has achieved in Pasadena ISD," said Superintendent of Pasadena Schools Dr. Kirk Lewis. "He has overcome great obstacles. As a result, I am confident that Carlos will continue to distinguish himself academically, socially and professionally."

Sotelo credits the NMSI AP Program for preparing him for college level coursework. The NMSI says the program provides Saturday study sessions to prepare students for the AP exams and helps low income students to reach their goals.
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