Sixty-four seniors from 15 Houston Independent School District high schools were recognized for their academic excellence as part of the College Board’s 32nd annual National Hispanic Recognition Program.
The HISD seniors are among about 5,000 students from across the country and abroad to be named finalists in the program, which colleges use to identify academically exceptional students of Hispanic or Latin descent to receive scholarships. The district more than doubled the number of honorees this year, up from 26 finalists last year.
“We are extremely proud to see so many more of our students honored by the National Hispanic Recognition Program for their academic achievements,” HISD Superintendent Terry Grier said. “We are committed to closing the achievement gap and making sure all students reach their full potential and graduate ready to take on the world.”
The National Hispanic Recognition Program honors Hispanic students who are top scorers on the Preliminary SAT (PSAT) and earn a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher by the middle of their junior year of high school. About 250,000 Hispanic/Latin juniors take the PSAT every year, according to the College Board.
The HISD students attend Bellaire, Carnegie Vanguard, East Early College, Lamar, Milby, Reagan, Washington, and Westside high schools, as well as DeBakey High School for Health Professions, Eastwood Academy, High School for the Performing & Visual Arts, Houston Academy for International Studies, Mickey Leland College Preparatory Academy for Young Men, Mount Carmel Academy, and Texas Connections Academy at Houston.
In 2014, the HISD College Readiness Department launched a new initiative to increase the number of National Hispanic Recognition, National Merit, and National Achievement scholars in the district by offering PSAT test preparation camps to rising eleventh graders.
HISD’s 2015-2016 National Hispanic Recognition Program finalists are:
Bellaire High School
Carnegie Vanguard High School
DeBakey High School for Health Professions
East Early College High School
High School for the Performing & Visual Arts
Houston Academy for International Studies
Lamar High School
Mickey Leland College Preparatory Academy for Young Men
Milby High School
Mount Carmel Academy
Reagan High School
Texas Connections Academy at Houston
Washington High School
Westside High School