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Fourteen Marble Falls High School students earned academic honors from the College Board National Recognition Programs, the school district recently announced. The recognition gives a boost to rural area, Black, Indigenous, and/or Latino students applying to colleges and for scholarships.

The following Marble Falls students received the National Hispanic Recognition Award (NHRA) and/or National Rural and Small Town Award (NRSTA): 

  • Aedan Evans, NRSTA 
  • Bliss Talamantes, NHRA, NRSTA 
  • Charles Brantley, NRSTA 
  • Emily Martin, NRSTA 
  • Emma Cayce, NRSTA 
  • Holly Camacho, NHRA, NRSTA 
  • Izabella Salinas, NHRA, NRSTA 
  • Josilynn Magana, NHRA 
  • Leah Nash, NRSTA 
  • Mason Macek, NRSTA 
  • Natasha Narvaez, NHRA, NRSTA 
  • Nicholas Dahl, NRSTA 
  • Roselyn Arredondo, NHRA, NRSTA 
  • Sophia Mills, NRSTA 

“We’re thrilled to celebrate our students and recognize them for the great work they’ve been doing,” MFHS Principal Patrick Hinson said in a Sept. 21 media release. “We’re proud of their strong academic performance in the classroom and on College Board assessments like the PSAT/NMSQT, PSAT 10, and AP exams.

“There’s so much that makes our students unique, and receiving this honor reinforces this as an asset for their future,” he continued.

To be eligible, students must have a 3.5 or higher grade-point average, scored within the top 10 percent on the PSAT/NMSQT or PSAT 10 assessment tests in each state for each award or earned a score of 3 or higher on two or more AP Exams in the ninth 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. 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. “This is a benefit not only for students but also for colleges and universities committed to recruiting diverse and talented students.”