“He has a heart of servitude.”
That’s how Horizon Community Middle School Principal Nickie Bell describes eighth-grader Jose Mitchell Reyes, who received the Aurora Rotary Club Student Award during the group’s meeting on April 22. Each spring the club presents a Student Award to one middle school student from Cherry Creek Schools and one from Aurora Public Schools. Nicholas Vega from North Middle School was the APS honoree. Each student's school also receives a $100 grant for a school club or organization.
“Service above self” is the Rotary Club motto and service is one of the qualities the club looks for in student honorees. The other qualities are scholarship, school citizenship and significant improvement. Reyes meets all the criteria. He’s a member of Horizon’s National Junior Honor Society, participates in the AVID program and takes part in the Guide Right youth development program for young men, sponsored by the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity. Reyes also serves as an usher at New Community Church.
“He’s an exemplary student and always sees the positive,” Principal Bell said.
That positive attitude is especially impressive, considering the challenges Reyes has faced.
“His mom died in 2006. He’s the reflection of his mom,” said Ilona Dorsey, Reyes’ aunt. She is now raising Reyes with her husband, Michael Dorsey.
Reyes hasn’t let the loss of his mother keep him from setting high goals for his future. After graduating from Eaglecrest High School, he plans to study business and play basketball at the University of Kansas, then start his own sporting goods company.
“We’re going to sell shoes and socks and sports equipment,” Reyes said.
“Watch out Nike!” said Principal Bell with a smile.
But Reyes says his company will also have a philanthropic program.
“I want to help others, donate shoes and equipment to kids’ sports teams,” he said.
Congratulations to Jose Mitchell Reyes!