Six St. Catharine’s students awarded honors from College Board National Recognition Programs

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From left, St. Catherine’s Academy students — Kassidy Hamilton, Hannah Gomez, Alexandra Belliard, Samia Rivera, Jocelyn Swavy and Jada Davis — received recognition from the College Board National Recognition Programs.
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Six students at St. Catharine Academy 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.

At St. Catharine’s, Alexandra Belliard ‘24, Hannah Gomez ‘24 and Samia Rivera ‘24, received the National Hispanic Recognition Award; and Jada Davis ‘24, Jocelyn Swavy ‘24 and Kassidy Hamilton ‘24 received the National African American Recognition Award.

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; and 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 on BigFuture 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.”

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Picture caption: (L. to r.) Kassidy Hamilton, Hannah Gomez, Alexandra Belliard, Samia Rivera, Jocelyn Swavy, Jada Davis