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District wide Latino high-achiever students attended National Hispanic Institute's International Collegiate World Series.

Students attend NHI’s International Collegiate World Series

August 15, 2016 - Student Success

More than 130 high-ability high school Latino students participated in the International Collegiate World Series (CWS), the National Hispanic Institute’s (NHI) unique college prep and leadership development conference at The University of Tampa.

This is the third year in a row UT has hosted the conference and that HCPS has sent twelve rising seniors to NHI-CWS. Students were selected by school administrator /guidance counselors because they were considered to be academically high achievers as well as strong leaders in their school and community.

This year the opening ceremony was capped off with an amazing college fair with representatives from a number of Universities; from Vanderbilt to University of South Florida. “This was amazing to see because it was such an intimate setting where these students had access to reps from outstanding and highly competitive universities!” stated Jazheel Lenegar-Brown, HCPS Supervisor of Academic Programs.

Through its innovative immersive-disruptive learning model and inquiry-based learning method, NHI’s mission at the CWS was to provide learning experiences that would help shape future generations of Latino leaders and prepare students for higher education. CWS utilizes such approaches to encourage students to think critically, to address pressing issues related to Latino communities and to challenge societal assumptions and conventions.

Ernesto Nieto, NHI president and founder, characterizes the CWS as a forward-thinking leadership development program that is “looking into the future. We’re preparing young people for global leadership, throughout the Americas, that factors in what we’ll need in 20 or 30 years, not just today.”

The NHI partners with several colleges and universities in the U.S. and Latin America to engage and support the NHI students. Over the course of its 37-year history, NHI has more than 90,000 alumni, of which 98.1 percent enrolled in college, with 27 percent enrolling out of their home state or country. 

Students from nine states (California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York and Texas), as well as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and several Latin American countries, including the Dominican Republic, Mexico and Panama, were represented.

For more information about NHI, and its programs to develop leaders, visit


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