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Polk County students recognized for College Board National Award

Acorn High School juniors Christian Christiana and Hailee Shores, and Mena High School senior Psalm Wistrand, are just a few selected, among thousands of students from across the country who applied and qualified, to earn academic honors from the College Board’s National Recognition Programs (NRSTA).

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 use these honors to identify students from underrepresented groups through College Board’s Student Search Service.

Christiana and Shores are dedicated to their studies and have put in hard work to prepare them for college that has paid off.


Christiana earned the College Board National Rural and Small Town Award.

Shores earned the College Board National Indigenous Award.

Colleges and scholarship programs use these honors to recruit students. Christiana and Shores each have plans to pursue higher educational goals in their career fields.

Wistrand earned an academic honor also for the College Board National Rural and Small Town Award Recognition Program for her strong performance on College Board assessments and her hard work in class. She earned this academic honor because of her GPA of 3.5 or higher and outstanding performance on the PSAT/NMSQT®, and AP® Exams.

Students earn this recognition by excelling on their PSAT/NMSQT, PSAT 10, or AP Exams and in their classrooms.

Students who may be eligible 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; and are African American or Black, Hispanic American or Latino, Indigenous, and/or attend school in a rural area or small town.

Eligible students are invited to apply during their sophomore or junior year, and are awarded at the beginning of the next school year.
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