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Gutierrez doesn't waste opportunity, earns national scholar honor

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Jonathon Gutierrez wants to take full advantage of the high-quality curriculum at Pius X High School. His dad, Juan Carlos, has told him about the lack of education he himself grew up with in Guatemala.  

The younger Gutierrez, a senior at Pius X, has taken that advice and committed to success starting at St. Joseph's Catholic School. It has paid off. 

Gutierrez doesn't waste opportunity, earns national scholar honorGutierrez has been named a National Hispanic Scholar, an honor given to the top 1.25 percent (5,000 out of about 400,000 test takers) of Hispanic students taking the PSAT assessment. 

"I’ve always wanted to do well not only because it makes my parents proud, but also I know how lucky I am to have a really good education," he said. 

The honor opens up more scholarship opportunities for Gutierrez, who plans to study engineering in college, the exact one still to be decided. 

He said the biggest opportunity presented at Pius X are the many option to grow in and learn more about his faith. 

The Hispanic cultural influence is evident for Gutierrez, who can understand most and speak some Spanish. But he's taken French language classes at Pius X, and has found similarities between the two. 

Having a family with varied cultural traditions "definitely brings a sense of culture different from what I am used to here at school, and a sense of understanding of other cultures," he said. 

Gutierrez hasn't always been outgoing. He remembers Ketti Heim's freshman Geometry class as a starting point for his opening up. 

"As a freshman I was pretty shy but her class really forced everyone to communicate and participate in finding solutions and working through problems," he said. "That’s what exposed me to a more active way of doing things." 

Gutierrez is involved in golf, cross country, ambassadors and outdoors club, and hopes to try new clubs this year.

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