Eight LFHS seniors named National Hispanic Scholars

Eight Los Fresnos High School seniors have earned top ranking as Scholars through the College Board's Class of 2021 National Hispanic Scholars Program.

Invitation for the honor was extended to students that scored in the top 2.5% among Hispanic and Latino PSAT/NMSQT test-takers in the area. Students who submitted applications are then evaluated and recognized.

Yearly, the program honors almost 5,000 of the nearly 250,000 Hispanic/Latino juniors who take the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Although the program is not a scholarship, it is an academic honor that can be included in college applications. Colleges use the program to identify academically exceptional Hispanic/Latino students.

LFHS seniors named were Aliya Brown, Kiara Garcia, Johanathon Grimaldo, William Ortiz, Lilani Rodriguez, Mia Rodriguez, Emmanuel Sanchez and Daviana Zamora. 

Mia Rodriguez and Sanchez were also named to the National Rural and Small Town Recognition Program.

The College Board defines each program as:

  • Hispanic Recognition Program: Students considered for the Hispanic Recognition Program must identify as or Latinx and be permanent residents of the United States or a United States Territory.
  • Rural and Small Town Recognition Program: Students will be considered for the Rural and Small Town Recognition Program based on the location of their high school. Areas are considered rural and small-town based on location data from the National Center for Education Statistics.

Award letters and certificates for each College Board National Recognition Program Scholar have been distributed to students.