The United States Achievement Academy has recognized Driscoll Middle School sixth-grader Tracy Lynn Garcia as a student of excellence.

Tracy, the daughter of Christina Garcia-Delgado and Robert Delgado Jr. of Robstown, received the prestigious honor for her cheerleading, leadership and honor roll achievements.

She will appear in the United States Achievement Academy's Official Yearbook that is published nationally.

Tracy, the granddaughter of Rosa Maria and Benito Garcia of Palito Blanco, was nominated for the honor by Shelly Morales, Tracy's homeroom teacher.

The academy recognizes students upon the exclusive recommendation of teachers, counselors and other qualified sponsors and recognizes fewer than 10 percent of all American high school students.

The Standards for Selection include academic performance, interest and aptitude, leadership qualities, responsibility, enthusiasm, motivation to learn and improve, attitude and cooperative spirit, dependability, and recommendation from a qualified sponsor.

"Recognizing and supporting our youth is more important than ever before in America's history," said Dr. George Stevens, founder of the United States Achievement Academy. "Certainly, United States Achievement Academy students should be congratulated and appreciated for their dedication to excellence and achievement."