Rio Grande Valley student named a presidential scholar, one of just eight in Texas

By Patrick Chalvire

As seen in ValleyCentral

A senior at IDEA Quest high school recently earned a rare distinction: He's now a presidential scholar.

The White House Commission on Presidential Scholars selected Michael Mireles of Alton — a senior at IDEA Quest in Edinburg — for the prestigious award.

Just 5,100 of the 3.5 million high school seniors nationwide qualified for the award. The commission selected 161, including eight in Texas.

Mireles made the cut.

"You will always have limitations when you're trying to do something. There will always be a reason for you not to do it," Mireles said. "And I think it comes down to you saying whether you want to accept that or not."

Mireles credited his grandparents for encouraging him to study hard and succeed in school.

He plans to study medicine at Browns University in Rhode Island.

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