Students Honored by National Hispanic Recognition Program

Students Honored by National Hispanic Recognition Program
Posted on 10/11/2017
Photos of the students recognized by the NHRP

A photo of the 2017 NHRP recognized students. 

Twenty-five Leander ISD seniors have earned recognition through the National Hispanic Recognition Program (NHRP) based on their scores on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).

  • Five Cedar Park High School students were honored: Andrew Ecklund, Hannah Loera, Jordan Martin, Cristina Ohanlon, and Natalie Young
  • One Leander High School student was honored: Ellena Martinez
  • Fourteen Vandegrift High School students were honored: Audrey Eliott, Alex Fontani, Ashton Gurrola, Liam Monahan, Isabel Moring, Ian Padovani, Emily Perez, Cecilia Reis, Nick Rosas, Daniel Sacasa, Katie Wokoek, Cierra Yudell, Ryan Zermeno, and Adriana Cordova
  • Five Vista Ridge High School students were honored: Lauren Acosta, Ezekiel Blevins, Joselyne Flores Vivas, Emma Hardin, and Morgan Rogers

The College Board’s NHRP honors approximately 5,000 of the highest-scoring Hispanic and Latino 11th-grade students who take the PSAT/NMSQT. Students who received this recognition scored in the top 2.5 percent among Hispanic and Latino test takers. These students are from the United States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, the Mariana Islands and the Marshall Islands, as well as U.S. citizens attending schools abroad.

“We are very proud to be able to offer the PSAT to students in Leander ISD and of these students and this accomplishment,” Director of College and Career Readiness Lisa Nucci said. “These students may have scholarship opportunities available as a result of this achievement.”

Nucci said many colleges and universities note the scholarship opportunities offered to NHRP designation students on their website. Texas State University awards $2,000 per year for four years, totaling $8,000, and Texas A & M University offers $3,500 per year for four years, totaling $14,000.

To qualify for the recognition, students must: take the PSAT/NMSQT in October of their junior year; be at least one quarter Hispanic or Latino descent and identify as Hispanic/Latino on their PSAT/NMSQT answer sheet; achieve the minimum required PSAT/NMSQT cutoff score as set yearly by the College Board; and achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher by the middle of their 11th-grade year. The NHRP makes this information available to subscribing colleges and universities. Students are encouraged to indicate that they have been recognized as a NHRP Scholar on college scholarship, internership and job applications.

On Wednesday, Oct.11, all 8th – 11th-grade LISD students will take the PSAT. For more information and to access free PSAT, SAT and ACT resources, please visit the Leander’s College and Career Readiness website