SCCPSS Students Receive Academic Honors from the College Board National Recognition Programs

Friday, September 29th, 2023

Students at five Savannah-Chatham County Public high schools have earned academic honors from the College Board National Recognition Programs. These programs celebrate students' hard work in high school and showcase their strong academic performance. The academic honors for rural area, Black, Indigenous, and/or Latino students are an opportunity for students to share their strong academic achievements with colleges and scholarship programs that are seeking to recruit diverse talent.

The SCCPSS students recognized include the following:

Beach High School
 Camorera Swinton: NAARA
• Taniah Truell: NAARA
• Wilmer Ruiz: NHRA
Islands High School
• A'myah Eason: NAARA
• Caro Morrison: NAARA
Herchel V Jenkins High School
• Adon Oxendine: NHRA, NIA
• Alexander Avendano: NHRA
• Evan Acosta: NHRA
• Jayven Walker: NAARA
• Jeramiah Vasquez: NAARA
• Journee Betrand: NAARA
• Kyleigh Quillian: NAARA
Sol C. Johnson High School
• Alexa Antunez Santos: NHRA
New Hampstead High School
• Alexander Mendoza: NRSTA
• Alyssa Johnson: NAARA
• Daniela Medina Gonzalez: NHRA, NRSTA
• Fernanda Contreras: NHRA, NRSTA
• Jadelyn Hunter: NRSTA
• Jessica Trujillo: NHRA
• Kayden Wendorf: NRSTA
 Windsor Forest High School
• Selena Riedl: NHRA
Woodville-Tompkins Technical and Career High School
• Crystin Walker: NAARA
• Dashaun Hardy: NAARA
• Esinam Attipoe: NAARA
• Faith Agbehonou: NAARA
• Faith Adeniyi: NAARA
• Joselyne Barajas Ruiz: NHRA
• Kalif Muhammed: NAARA
• Kamryn Middleton: NAARA

Award Key:
National African American Recognition Award (NAARA)
National Hispanic Recognition Award (NHRA)
National Rural and Small Town Award (NRSTA)
National Indigenous Award (NIA)

The criteria for eligible students include:
· GPA of 3.5 or higher.

· PSAT/NMSQT or PSAT 10 assessment scores that are within the top 10% of assessment takers in each state for each award program or earned a score of 3 or higher on 2 or more AP Exams in 9th and 10th grade.

· Attend school in a rural area or small town, or identify as African American/Black, Hispanic American/Latino, or Indigenous/Native.

Eligible students are invited to apply during their sophomore or junior year and are awarded at the start of the next school year in time to share their achievements in high school as they plan for the future. At the same time, colleges and organizations using College Board's Student Search Service™ can connect directly with awardees during the recruitment process.

“It's becoming increasingly hard for students to be 'seen' during the college recruitment process. We're exceptionally proud of the National Recognition Programs for celebrating students who are at times overlooked but have shown their outstanding academic abilities," said Tarlin Ray, senior vice president of BigFuture® at College Board. “This is a benefit not only for students but also for colleges and universities committed to recruiting diverse and talented students."