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Five Students Earn National Recognition Programs Honors

Students recognized by the National Recognition Programs share what this award means to them. 

Congratulations to seniors who are being recognized for their PSAT scores and GPAs

Earlier this month, the College Board informed UPrep that five of our students received National Recognition Programs honors. The new National Recognition Programs celebrate the academic achievements of students who identify as African American or Black, Hispanic American or Latinx, or Indigenous. To qualify, students need a 3.5 GPA and a PSAT score in the top 10 percent in their state. Congratulations to Jamila A. (African American Recognition); Jordan D., Kellen D. and Maylin G. (Hispanic Recognition); and Mattias K. (Indigenous Recognition).

Here’s what this award means to these students:

This award is very important to me and my family. It’s important to me to always set a good example for my younger siblings, who also attend UPrep, and make my mother, who has done so much for me, proud. It’s going to be nice looking back on my high school years and remembering that all of my hard work paid off and I earned a national commendation.”–Jamila A. 

I am proud and grateful to have won this award. Although it became a goal of mine to attain a good score, I was surprised to receive this achievement. My parents have been supportive in all aspects of my academic life, and I am thankful for all the help they provided when I was studying for standardized tests. I think it is important to acknowledge accomplishments from groups that often go unrecognized, which is why I am grateful that these recognition programs exist.” –Maylin G 

Receiving this recognition is exciting. This award reflects my heritage as a Spanish and English speaker. I think this is a great opportunity to thank the teachers at UPrep who have helped me develop literacy in both of my languages. When I came to UPrep, I did not know any Spanish grammar, but I spoke it at home with my dad and his side of the family. Profesora Tello and all my teachers supported me in developing my written Spanish skills." –Jordan D.

It was really rewarding when I received this. There was a lot of studying that went into preparing for the standardized tests and I was excited to see it turn out well.” –Mattias K.

I’d like to thank my parents for pushing me to be the best student I could be and my teachers at UPrep for preparing me academically.” –Kellen D. 

By Director of College Counseling and Student Services Kelly Herrington


Read about UPrep students who were recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Organization here

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