Fall is here, and young people across the country are well into their first semester at U.S. colleges and universities. Among them is Matthew Cornelius Jr., a Zuni youth who is now attending Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona.
Cornelius served as ace pitcher for his Albuquerque high school, leading St. Pius to a 15-2 season. Pima Community College recruited him for its baseball team, and he was named 2021 Gatorade New Mexico Baseball Player of the Year.
In addition to the Gatorade trophy, Cornelius received $1,000 for a charity of his choice. He chose the nonprofit Zuni Youth Enrichment Project in his hometown of Zuni, New Mexico.