The United States Achievement Academy has announced that Rene Botello of Brady has been named a United States National Award Winner in science. This award is a prestigious honor very few students attain. In fact, the Academy recognizes fewer than 10 percent of all American high school students. Botello, who attends Brady Middle School, was nominated for this national award by Julie Harris, a teacher at the school. Botello’s name and accomplishments appear in the USAA official yearbook, which is published nationally. “Recognizing and supporting our youth is more important than ever before in America’s history,” said Dr. George Stevens, Executive Director of the United States Achievement Academy. “Certainly, United States Achievement Academy winners should be congratulated and appreciated for their dedication to excellence and achievement.” The Academy selects USAA winners upon the exclusive recommendation by teachers, coaches, counselors and other qualified sponsors and upon the Standards of Selection set forth by the Academy. The criteria for selection are a student’s academic performance, interest and aptitude, leadership qualities, responsibility, enthusiasm, motivation to learn and improve, citizenship, attitude and cooperative spirit, dependability and recommendation from a teacher or director. Botello is the daughter of Rosario R. Botello of Brady and the granddaughter of Mrs. Lupe Olivares, also of Brady.