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Conard Students Earn Academic Honors from College Board National Recognition Programs

Conard High School National African American and National Hispanic Recognition Award winners (from left): Juan Palomino, Jason Brown, Amaya McKreith, Thomas Tamborello-Noble, Principal Jamahl Hines. Courtesy photo

Conard students excelled in College Board assessments and schoolwork to earn these awards, which colleges use to identify academically competitive underrepresented students.

Submitted by Megan Cersosimo, Student Activities/College & Career Center Coordinator, Conard High School

Conard High School students have earned academic honors from the College Board National Recognition Programs. These National Recognition Programs grant underrepresented students with academic honors that can be included on college and scholarship applications and connect students with universities across the country, helping them meaningfully connect to colleges and stand out during the admissions process. Colleges and scholarship programs identify students awarded National African American, Hispanic, Indigenous and/or Rural/Small Town Recognition through College Board’s Student Search Service.

Two students were designated National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholars. These recipients are Juan Palomino and Thomas Tamborello-Noble.

Three Students were designated as National African American Recognition Program Scholars. These recipients are: Amaya McKreith, Charisse Thorpe, and Jayson Brown.

“We are extremely proud of all of our students. Earning this recognition from College Board validates what we, here at Conard, already know about these scholars, “ said Jamahl Hines, principal of Conard High School. “They are talented, motivated, and inspiring students who place a premium on excellence. We would also like to congratulate our Hall High students on their recognition as well! This is reason for celebration across the West Hartford Public School District.” 

Students who may be eligible have a GPA of 3.5 or higher and have excelled on the PSAT/NMSQT or PSAT 10, or earned a score of 3 or higher on two or more AP Exams; and are African American or Black, Hispanic American or Latinx, Indigenous, and/or attend school in a rural area or small town.

Eligible students will be invited to apply during their sophomore or junior year and will be awarded at the beginning of the next school year. Students will receive their awards in time to include them on their college and scholarship applications. 

We want to honor the hard work of these students through the College Board National Recognition Programs. This program creates a way for colleges and scholarship programs to connect directly with underrepresented students who they are hoping to reach,” said Tarlin Ray, College Board senior vice president of BigFuture. “We hope the award winners and their families celebrate this prestigious honor and it helps them plan for their big future.”

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