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Congratulations to Manuel Franco: February Rotary Student of the Month

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Manuel Aldair Franco, son of Manuel Sr. and Irene Franco has been selected as the Rotary Student of the Month for the month of February. He is the grandson of Juan and Maria Franco-Tellez as well as Zenaida and Fernando Pech-Ortiz. Manuel’s grandparents reside in Campeche, Mexico. 

Manuel has been selected as Mr. CHS (Corinth High School) by his fellow student body, a prestigious award for which he is extremely gratified. He has also been inducted into the Corinth High School Class of 2017 Hall of Fame. He is currently ranked 6th in his graduating class of 120 students at Corinth High SchoolHe has a GPA of 4.29, and his highest achieved ACT composite score is a 27.  He has achieved an AICE Diploma with Merit, which he will receive on his graduation in June of 2017. Manuel has received the Principal’s Honor Roll award for the past three scholastic years. 

Manuel enjoys attending leadership conferences, where he is privileged to meet fellow youth leaders from distinct areas of our geographical area. He is an alumnus of 2015 Junior Leadership Alcorn. He was also selected to represent Corinth High School along with two other classmates at the 2016 Rotary Youth Leadership Conference in Olive Branch, MS. In early 2016, he was also selected to interview for the ACE Power Washington Youth Tour. He attended the 2016 American Legion Mississippi Boys State at the University of Mississippi, where he was selected by fellow delegates from distinguished parts of the state to serve as their City Project Alderman for his particular group. He returned to the University of Mississippi a few weeks later to attend the 2016 APEX Leadership Summit at Ole Miss, for which he was one of the fortunate students accepted from all of the state’s high schools. He and his teammates achieved first place team overall over the course of APEX. His Junior Year, he was also elected by his fellow classmates to serve as the Junior Class secretary/treasurer. 

Manuel is bilingual, fluent in the English and Spanish language, which has facilitated him to serve community members who are unable to communicate due to a language barrier. He served as a translator at the 2015 Lighthouse Christmas Toy Store. He has also volunteered at the Corinth Elementary School Fall Festival through the FACS Club, the Alcorn County Basketball tournament through the Interact Club, Caterpillar Youth Adopt-A-Highway through JLA, the Corinth XC annual Color Run, and the Brookdale Retirement Home in Oxford, MS through APEX. As a member of the student council, Manuel was selected to be an escort for the Corinth High School Class of 2015 and 2016 graduations.

As a member of many clubs, Manuel’s favorite has been his 4-year membership of the Corinth Cross Country team. On November 7, 2016 he became an MHSAA 4-A cross-country state champion along with his fellow teammates. Athletically, he has also participated in the Corinth High School track team. Scholastically, he has been a previous member of the FACS Club, Mayor’s Youth Council, Interact Club, and Foreign Language Club. He is still a member of C-club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes,Corinth Wi-Fi and Video Production Crew, Mu Alpha Theta mathematics club, and the National Honor Society. 

Manuel has received various academic awards which include first place in Spanish I and Nutrition and Wellness, second place in AICE American History and AICE Global Perspectives, and third place in Research Using Technology’s Informational Tools. Other honors include his honorable mention and publication in the 2014 Crossroads Poetry Project as well as his induction into the National Honor Society, and Principal’s Honor Roll All Year Award for the past three years.

Manuel will be attending The University of Mississippi in the fall, where he will be attending the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College, which he has been accepted into. He will pursue a degree in Biomedical Engineering. For his graduate studies he wishes to attend the University of Mississippi Medical in Jackson, MS to become an Orthopedic Surgeon.