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National Hispanic Institute Texas Star Great Debate Summer Leadership Program

Schreiner University

Kerrville, Texas

The National Hispanic Institute is a summer leadership program for 9th graders (Class of 2023).  The NHI Great Debate Leadership Program provides engaging opportunities for students to sharpen their speaking skills.  Students will participate in team competition, debate, and work on communication skills to become an influential community member.

To be eligible you must:

  • Be a high school freshman (Class of 2023)
  • Have a grade point average of at least 85
  • Plan to pursue a 4 year college degree
  • Have an interest in community leadership

Parent(s) are responsible for transportation to and from Schreiner University


The following forms and payment is due by Tuesday, January 21, 2020 to Mrs. Maldonado:

  • NHI Great Debate Registration Form
  • Parent/Medical Release Form
  • $170 (cash, check, or money order payable to National Hispanic Institute)


Total cost of the 6-day Texas Star Great Debate is $695.

Parent contribution is $170. CISD sponsorship is $400. NHI scholarship is $125.

Seats are limited for the Great Debate program!

For more information about the National Hispanic Institute Summer Leadership Program, contact Marlene Costley-Maldonado, Cotulla HS Counselor, at 830-879-2374 ext. 2020.

The National Hispanic Institute website is:


Adriana Lopez                           Aiden Valenzuela                         Amanda Renteria

Annaliese Sanchez                   Anahi Martinez                             Arturo Gonzalez

Demetrius Del Real                  Deric Reyes                                   Ethan Aldaco

Isaiah Saldivar                        Jiliana Muriel                                 Jo Ann Guzman

Joseph Salazar                       Kayla Martinez                               Madisyn Santos

Mia Bella Garcia                     Nivea Gonzalez                              Sara Adams

Trevlynn Aldaco                     Hilario Ayala

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About the Lorenzo de Zavala Youth Legislative Session

Since 1982, high ability, high achieving 10th and 11th grade students have graduated from the competitive and transformative Lorenzo de Zavala Youth Legislative Session (LDZ) experience designed for future community leaders.

You are invited to this eight-day intensive leadership experience filled with unexpected and unplanned challenges and hurdles. Known as “LDZ,” this experience is an opportunity for young people like you to learn how to navigate, manage and create large organizations by taking charge of your own youth government and proposing future community policies and projects.

Cotulla High School students who have attended the Texas Great Debate Summer Leadership Conference will participate in LDZ.

Cotulla High School LDZ Alumni Class of 2021

Adalia Rivera

Brandyn Ramirez

Carolina Galindo-Garcia

Leodoro Martinez IV

Sonny Aldaco

Victoria DelToro

Yajaira Gauna



The CWS shepherds students into the transition of going into independent mode – adulthood – and the responsibilities that come with it. Inquiry-Based Learning (IBL) is the core methodology of this program, which engages students in an investigative and question-driven approach to mapping out the next 12 to 60 months of their lives.

Of NHI’s three high school leadership programs, the CWS represents the most serious and thought-provoking experience. It is also the program that tests students’ ability to transform challenges into workable solutions.  

Cotulla High School LDZ Alumni will participate in the CWS program.  They will receive their NHI Alumni graduation cords and a certificate.


CHS students attend NHI Celebracion Conference
Jadrian Rodriguez, Sonny Aldaco, Jocelyn Garcia, Genoveva Seidel, Carolina Galindo-Garcia, and Brandyn Ramirez, attended the 4-day  National Hispanic Institute Celebracion Leadership Conference at the Wyndham San Antonio Riverwalk in November 2019. 
NHI Celebración provides various events for the high school youth. the NHI Celebracion participants  attend the College Register Annual Meeting, Panel Discussions, Grand College Fair, and the College Register Discussion.  The NHI participants collaborate and discuss ways to prepare for higher education and the future of their generation.