PHARR – Omar Ortiz, a junior at PSJA Memorial Early College High
School, earned 1st place at the USA Taekwondo High School
National Championship held in Detroit, Michigan on July 6. The
16-year- old competed against students from across the nation for
a spot on the USA team.
Ortiz, who has participated in competitive taekwondo since he
was 6, recently earned gold medals at the 2017 Texas State
Taekwondo Championships and the Amateur Athletic Union South
Texas Region State Championships.
“I am proud to represent my PSJA Family and the RGV at the
national level,” said Ortiz. “Thanks to my family, friends, and
coaches for their support.”
Ortiz also excels at school and is part of the Junior National Honor
Society, Wolverine Band, Student Council, JROTC and Dual
Language Enrichment Program. He plans to receive an Associate
Degree in Law Enforcement from South Texas College through the
district's Early College Program.
In the meantime, he is preparing to compete at the Pan American
Championships in San Jose, Costa Rica, where he will face the best
athletes in the sport from over 42 countries.