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Highlands Student-Athlete Nets Division I Scholarship
Jose Pecego, a soccer player at The Highlands School and a top student will be playing Division I soccer for Valparaiso University next fall.

Jose Pecego reaching his goals in sports and studies.
Jose Pecego reaching his goals in sports and studies.
Irving, Texas. April 8, 2008.  Jose Pecego, a senior forward from The Highlands School, has received a full scholarship to play soccer for Valparaiso University, a Division I program in Indiana.  In doing so Pecego becomes the first Highlands athlete in the school’s twenty two year history to receive a Division I scholarship for athletics. 

First year athletic director Mark Diaz said, “It is a great accomplishment for Jose, and a great day for his family and the Highlands community.  This is a sign of things to come as we continue to build this athletic program around the kinds of student-athletes we can all be proud of both on and off the field.”

The Brazilian-born Pecego is a two year team captain, two time district MVP, two time 1st Team All-State selection, and plays football, baseball, track, and tennis for The Highlands while maintaining a 3.9 GPA and receiving a perfect 800 on the math portion of his SAT.

The Highlands School is a private Catholic school that implements the method of integral formation developed by the Legionaries of Christ. For more information about the school, visit the web page at



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