Academic Awesomeness
15 Northwest Early College High School students nationally recognized for strong academic performance
Posted on 08/31/2023
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A total of 15 students at Northwest Early College High School (NWECHS) are flexing their strong academic gains upon earning 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 NWECHS awardees are:

  • Abel Reyes
  • Austin Camanez
  • Ava Ellis
  • Carlos Mercado
  • Christian Bueno
  • Diego Iglesias
  • Jaxon Carbajal
  • Leah Novelo
  • Marissa Reyna
  • Mia Botello
  • Mykohl Arellano
  • Paris Gastelum
  • Valeria Saucedo
  • Vanessa Barba
  • Victoria Rodriguez

“We are incredibly proud of this group of students for earning these recognitions,” said NWECHS Principal Frank Clark. “They have been working hard their entire high school career and this honor demonstrates that their hard work is paying off and this will offer them a competitive edge when applying for colleges and help them stand out.”

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 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.”