Cristina Harvey is a Senior at Smithville High School this year. Last school year she was invited to apply for academic recognition by the National Hispanic Recognition Program.
The college board website explains that “If you’re a finalist, you’ll get a certificate in the mail in September of senior year.” Cristina received her certificate this past September. It stated “Congratulations! You have been recognized as a 2018-19 National Hispanic Scholar. A letter will be mailed to your high school notifying them of your outstanding academic accomplishment.”
Sarah Vinklarek, the High School counselor, explains that “this is an academic honor that you can put on college applications.” Cristina said that “you can also put it on scholarship applications.”
This year, she is participating in band, UIL literary criticism, UIL speech and informative speaking, and National Honor Society. Cristina “plans to pursue a medical degree.” She said “I am thinking about traveling overseas to help the less privileged people of the world.”
Cristina’s recognition letter from the NHRP also explained “Students with a cumulative junior year grade-point average of 3.5 or higher are designated at Scholars. The NHRP is proud to honor these outstanding students and make their information available to subscribing colleges and universities.”