21 students earn College Board honors

21 PHS students earn national College Board academic honors
Posted on 09/20/2023
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Twenty-one Piscataway High School students earned academic honors from the College Board National Recognition Programs, celebrating their hard work and strong academic performance.


These academic honors for African American and Hispanic students are an opportunity for students to share their strong academic achievements with colleges and scholarship programs that are seeking to recruit diverse talent.


“We’re thrilled to celebrate our students and recognize them for the great work they’ve been doing,” said Piscataway High School Principal Chris Baldassano. “We’re proud of their strong academic performance in the classroom and on College Board assessments. There’s so much that makes our students unique, and receiving this honor reinforces this as an asset for their future.”


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 two or more AP Exams in ninth and 10th grade.

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


The PHS students who earned this prestigious honor are:


Agustin Blaumann, Aliyah Traore, Amaya Campbell, Ashley Bascombe, Caylin Lowery, Chelsea Panton, Chiemeka Chukwu, Cindy Owusu, Danika Carranza, Davin Rolon, Gabriella Freeman, Jazmine Alvarado Ortiz, Joseph Henriquez, Lorelei Stephens, Madeline Bullock, Matthew Efodili,  Maya Gamboa, Nyasa Bryson, Samantha Smith, Shiloh Roache and Stephan Ekoue.


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.”