Four Haddonfield students recognized by college board

Seniors Lola Cooke, Julian Durkin, and Sofia Johnson and junior Ryan Cataldo were recently notified that they are recipients of the National Hispanic Recognition Award.

From left to right, Haddonfield Memorial High School students junior Ryan Cataldo, seniors Julian Durkin, Sofia Johnson and Lola Cooke earned the College Board’s National Hispanic Recognition Award. (Special to The Sun)

Four Haddonfield Memorial High School (HMHS) students have earned academic honors from the College Board National Recognition Programs. Seniors Lola Cooke, Julian Durkin, and Sofia Johnson and junior Ryan Cataldo were recently notified that they are recipients of the National Hispanic Recognition Award (NHRA).  

The National Recognition Programs grant underrepresented students’ academic honors that can be included on college and scholarship applications and that connect students with universities across the country, helping them to stand out during the admission process.  

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“We are all very proud of these four students for their achievements in the classrooms and on College Board assessments,” said HMHS principal Tammy McHale. “As a community of learners, we celebrate the kind of diligence and passion that they personify.” 

Students who may be eligible must 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. They 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 years and will receive their awards at the beginning of the next school year, in time to include them on college and scholarship applications.  

“We honor the hard work of particular students through the College Board National Recognition Programs,” said Tarlin Ray, College Board senior vice president of BigFuture. “This program creates a way for colleges and scholarship programs to connect directly with underrepresented students whom they are hoping to reach.”

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