Congratulations to Mason High School seniors Alejandro Rivera, Sarah Senne and George Valcarcel, who were selected as National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholars. This year, the program recognized only 5,000 outstanding Hispanic/Latino students nationwide. Qualifications for recognition were based on critical reading, mathematics and writing scores on the 2014 PSAT and a minimum GPA of 3.0. In addition, recipients of this honor must be Hispanic or Latino in origin.
“We are proud of Alejandro, Sarah and George’s accomplishment of being named as scholars in this prestigious program,” says Dave Hyatt, MHS interim principal. “These students are outstanding representatives of Mason High School and our community, and we know that they will continue to make us proud.”
The National Hispanic Recognition Program (NHRP) was initiated in 1983 by the College Board to identify outstanding Hispanic high school students and to share information about these academically well-prepared students with subscribing colleges and universities. In order to be eligible, students must be at least one-quarter Hispanic. Each year the NHRP identifies approximately 5,000 of the highest scoring students from a nationwide total of 124,000 high school juniors who took the PSAT/NMSQT and designated themselves as Hispanic, as well as approximately 150 of the top scoring PAA students from Puerto Rico. The nationwide selection also includes students from Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, Mariana Islands, Marshall Islands, and U.S. citizens attending schools abroad.
The National Merit semi-finalists, commended scholars and Hispanic scholars will be honored during the Board of Education meeting on October 27, and during the October 16 football game.