Avon High School Students Earn Honors From College Board National Recognition Programs
Writer / Kevin Carr
Thirty-four Avon High School students have earned academic honors from the College Board National Recognition Programs. These programs grant underrepresented students with academic honors that can be included on college and scholarship applications. This honor meaningfully connects students with universities across the country, helping them stand out during the admissions process. Through College Board’s Student Search Service, colleges and scholarship programs recognize students through the following National Recognition Programs: African American, Hispanic, Indigenous, and Rural and Small Town.
The 25 Avon High School students included in the College Board’s African American Recognition Program are Martha Abraham, Kehinde Adeleke, Adeboye Adenuga, Yotam Ainom, Hundre Askie, Kanyinsola Bankole-Brown, Chloe Crenshaw, Olivia Fahy, Tristyn Frazier, Anthony Goines, Madisyn Harris, Jailen Johnson, Nolan Kersey, Madison King, Victor Ogunsanya, Zainab Okunola, Nathaniel Patterson, Payton Rhinehart, Darrius Sayles, Robert Sykes, Olorunkorende Tokan-Lawal, Sasha Watson, Makayla Weems, Ifeoluwa Windapo and Hannah Wright.
Eight students included in the College Board’s Hispanic Recognition Program are Joaquin Adair, Gerry Baltierra-Burgara, Brooke Christ, Crystal Garcia, Dillon Hess, Luke Howard, Kyle Roberts and Arizely Marte Valencia.
Malina Harris is included in the National African American and National Indigenous Recognition Programs.
“We’re thrilled that our students have earned this recognition,” says Principal Matt Shockley. “We are very proud of them for their achievements in their classrooms and on College Board assessments. Any university in the nation would be lucky to have these outstanding students.”
Students who may be eligible have a grade point average of 3.5 or higher, and have excelled on the PSAT/NMSQT or PSAT 10, or earned a score of 3 or higher on two or more advanced placement exams. They must be African American, Hispanic or Indigenous, or attend high school in a rural area or small town.
Eligible students apply during their sophomore or junior year, and are awarded at the beginning of the following school year. Students receive their awards in time to include them on their college and scholarship applications.
“We want to honor the hard work of these students through the College Board National Recognition Programs,” says Tarlin Ray, College Board senior vice president of BigFuture. “This program creates a way for colleges and scholarship programs to connect directly with underrepresented students who they are hoping to reach. We hope the award winners and their families celebrate this prestigious honor and it helps them plan for their big futures.”