Filipino basketball pride Kobe Paras was recognized by the United States (US) National Honor Society (NHS) for his excellence as a high school student.
The Los Angeles Cathedral High School (LA CHS) announced Paras’ citation through its official Twitter account. The 6-foot-6 Paras studied at LA CHS and played for Middlebrooks Academy basketball team.
Veteran coach William Middle¬brooks commended Paras saying, “it’s about academic excellence. First and foremost. Congrats Kobe. Your hard work in the classroom has been rewarded.”
Paras simply replied “thanks coach. Appreciate it!”
The NHS is a premier American organization established to recognize outstanding high school students with minimum cumulative grade of 85. It honors students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service and character.
In November, Paras officially joined the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Bruins men’s basketball team. UCLA is atop of US National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I school with 11 championship titles.
Paras won two Slam Dunk titles in the International Basketball Federation 3×3 Under-18 World Championships in 2013 and 2015.
Before moving to the US in 2013 to fulfill his National Basketball Association dream, the young shooting guard played for La Salle Green Hills Greenies.
He is a son of former Philippine Basketball Association Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year Benjie Paras.
JEAN RUSSEL V. DAVID