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SA Seniors Receive National Recognition for Academic Honors

SEWICKLEY, PA - The administration, faculty, and staff of Sewickley Academy are excited to share that four students in the Class of 2023 have earned academic honors from the College Board National Recognition Programs. Daniel Torres of Moon Township, Isaac Ulloa Antonio of Pittsburgh, and Lucas Mendonca of Mars (Pine-Richland) have all been recognized with the National Hispanic Recognition Award, and Jaeden Dorsett of Aliquippa received the National African American Recognition Award. 
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 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.

“We’re thrilled that our students have earned this recognition. We are very proud of them for their achievements in their classrooms and on College Board assessments,” said Jamie Nestor, Head of Senior School at Sewickley Academy. “Not only are these students academic superstars, but also they thrive in their extracurriculars, whether they be athletics, arts, or other clubs and activities. I am confident they will succeed in the colleges of their choosing.”

To be eligible for one of the College Board's National Recognition Program awards, students must have a 3.5 or higher GPA and be African American or Black, Hispanic American or Latinx, Indigenous, and/or attend school in a rural area or small town. They must also score in the top 10% on the PSAT/NMSQT or PSAT 10 or earn a score of 3 or higher on two or more AP Exams.

 “Academic excellence is at the core of the Sewickley Academy experience. We strive each year to help our region’s top students prepare for college and beyond,” said Chris Anderson, Sewickley Academy’s Associate Head of School. “Approximately 34% of our current student body is represented by students of color, and it’s wonderful for Daniel, Isaac, Lucas, and Jaeden to earn this distinction from the College Board.”

 “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.”