When Jesus Cortez speaks, other students listen.  Born and raised in Dalton, and a product of Dalton Public Schools, he takes leadership seriously, and is proud to be considered a role model.

Cortez is known for his even temper and quiet demeanor.  But all that went away when he got the news that he had achieved his longtime goal.  An appointment to the US Military Academy at West Point, a first for a Dalton High student.

Cortez is a leader in JROTC, student government, and in the classroom.  Faculty members knew there was something special about him from the day he enrolled.

As he prepares for graduation, and the biggest move of his life, he's proud of what he's accomplished, and says he's ready to bear down for the next challenge. He'll be missed at Dalton High, but his influence will long be felt.

As president of the Student Government Association, Cortez led the school's record breaking food drive during the recent Share Your Christmas event.  He'll be honored Thursday night at Dalton High's scholarship night, when Major Charles Cook from West Point will present his award.  

His long range plans include being a dentist in the military