St. John's welcomed Xavier Gonzalez ’14 back to campus on Thursday to congratulate him on being named a 2018 Rhodes Scholar. Xavier's family and friends were all in attendance as well as his former SJS classmates, teachers, and coaches. During the reception, Xavier said he was "grateful for the opportunity to go to this incredible school." He went on to say how strongly he believes in the School's mission "to educate the whole person for life by continued service and leadership to Houston and the wider world." Finally, Xavier gave special thanks to his former math teacher, Dwight Raulston ’71, for writing his recommendation letter to Oxford and for his "invaluable support and advice." Xavier is the fourth graduate from St. John's to be named a Rhodes Scholar.
St. John's would like to congratulate Xavier Gonzalez ’14 who was named a Rhodes Scholar on November 18, 2017 to study at Oxford University beginning in October 2018. Xavier is currently a senior at Harvard University studying mathematics. He is one of 32 students (four of which were from Harvard) to receive the prestigious scholarship. Xavier plans to get his Masters in Science by research in Mathematics from Oxford.
In addition to his 4.0 GPA, Xavier plays on the varsity men’s tennis team for Harvard and is a Peer Advising Fellow for freshmen. It did not take long for Xavier to be recognized for both his academic and athletic talents at Harvard. In September of his freshman year, Xavier was awarded the USTA National Junior Scholar Athlete Award at the US Open. In his profile for the Rhodes Scholarship, Xavier said his goals are to “promote the public interest in math and to use math and its methods to promote the public interest.”
St. John's will be hosting an event on campus on December 21 to congratulate Xavier on this outstanding accomplishment and to wish him well at Oxford next year. To read more about Xavier's story, please click the links below.