Two Students Honored in National Hispanic Recognition Program

Congratulations to Renée DePencier Piñero and Isabel Scott for being recognized as part of the National Hispanic Recognition Program (NHRP). Like the National Merit Scholarship program, the NHRP is designed to distinguish Hispanic/Latino students who score well on the Preliminary SAT Test (PSAT).

To be eligible for the NHRP, students must take the PSAT during their junior year, be at least one-quarter Hispanic/Latino, achieve the minimum required PSAT Selection Index score and earn a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher by the middle of their junior year. Each year, the NHRP recognizes about 5,000 of the 250,000 Hispanic/Latino juniors who take the PSAT. Being recognized by NHRP places Renée and Isabel in the top two percent of all Hispanic/Latino juniors who took the PSAT last year.

“Congratulations to these two talented women who have been nationally recognized for their outstanding academics,” High School Principal Barbara Swann said. “We are proud of you Renée and Isabel!”

When asked what advice they would share with younger students, our seniors offered these suggestions:

Renée: “Live your truth and be unapologetically you. Live to inspire people around you and learn from everyone you can!”

Isabel: “Be smart about time management. Making sure you’re on top of things will make your life 10 times easier.”

Renée plans on studying astrophysics or aerospace engineering in college in pursuit of becoming an astronaut one day. Isabel’s goal is to pursue a degree in nursing and hopes to work for Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos in Nicaragua one day.