SAN MARCOS, TEXAS — Daniel Guerrero of San Marcos was named National Student of the Year by the Society of Mexican American Engineers and Scientists for his outstanding leadership role as president of the Southwest Texas State University chapter of the organization. The award was presented by Richard Martinez, national MAES president at the MAES National Student Leadership Conference Oct. 3 in Corpus Christi.
Nominated for the honor by SWT President Jerome Supple, Guerrero was selected from a pool of 20 nominees from universities across the nation, including Massachusetts Institute of Technology, De Vry Institute of Technology, University of Colorado at Boulder and Texas A&M University.
“Daniel has been instrumental in organizing MAES groups at the secondary, junior high and elementary schools in San Marcos and is a key organizer of the annual Science Extravaganza, a science and technical fair aimed at familiarizing ethnic minorities with science and technical opportunities,” Supple said. “He has been instrumental in encouraging young people to stay in school, pursue their dreams and become active, contributing members of society.”
Under his leadership, the Southwest Texan MAES chapter made history this year when it helped to establish the first and only MAES junior high school chapter in the nation at Owen Goodnight Junior High School in San Marcos. Guerrero has played an integral role in establishing beneficial relationships between MAES and the school district, school board, superintendent, community leaders, business leaders, state and local government officials and university faculty, staff and administrators.
Guerrero is a 1995 honors graduate of San Marcos High School, where he was a member of the Academic Decathlon Team, a John Philip Sousa Leadership Award recipient and a National Mathematics Merit Scholar.
He is currently a mass communication senior at SWT and is pursuing a degree in public relations with a minor in ethnic studies. After graduation, he will attend either the Lyndon Baines Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin or the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University to pursue a master‘s degree in public affairs and communication.