Ayala Named National Hispanic Scholar

Brazoswood High School Senior Marcos Ayala Named National Hispanic Scholar
Posted on 10/10/2018
This is the image for the news article titled Brazoswood High School Senior Marcos Ayala Named National Hispanic ScholarBrazoswood High School senior Marcos Ayala was recently named as a National Hispanic 2018-2019 Scholar.

As a junior Marcos placed within the top 2.5% on the college entrance exam PSAT/NMSQT® among all Hispanic and Latino test-takers in the region. As a result, he participated in the College Board’s National Hispanic Recognition Program (NHRP) and received this prestigious honor by competing in the qualifying rounds. Congratulations Marcos!

“This is more great evidence of how well our students are prepared for college and achieving at exceptionally high levels,” said Brazosport ISD Superintendent of Schools Danny Massey.

Marcos is the son of Maribel and Marcos Ayala of Lake Jackson. He is involved in the Rockets Engineering 2 Goddard program as well as UIL Academics.

The NHRP was initiated in 1983 by the College Board to identify outstanding Hispanic high school students. Every year the NHRP recognizes around 5,000 of the 250,000 Hispanic/Latino juniors who take the test. The College Board’s NHRP program is an academic honor that colleges use to identify academically exceptional Hispanic/Latino students. Qualification for recognition is based on the student's combined verbal, math, and writing skill scores on the PSAT/NMSQT taken in the student's junior year of high school. PSAT score cutoffs vary each year by state, but typically range in the high 180s to low 190s. Students must also self-identify as Hispanic on the PSAT/NMSQT.

In order to be eligible, students must be at least one-quarter Hispanic. Each year the NHRP identifies approximately 5,000 of the highest scoring students from a nationwide total of 250,000 high school juniors who took the PSAT/NMSQT and designated themselves as Hispanic as well as approximately 200 of the top scoring PAA students from Puerto Rico. The nationwide selection also includes students from Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, and U.S. citizens attending international and APO schools.
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