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Ascension Academy senior recognized as NHRP Scholar

Patrick Houseal, a senior at Ascension Academy has recently been named in the National Hispanic Heritage Recognition Program for his performance on the 2017 PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test and his Grade Point Average. (Courtesy: Ascension Academy)

Patrick Houseal, a senior at Ascension Academy has recently been named in the National Hispanic Heritage Recognition Program for his performance on the 2017 PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test and his Grade Point Average.

“We are so very proud of this recognition for Patrick," Head of School Dr. William Summerhill said. "During his seven years at Ascension, Patrick has grown into the all-around student that exemplifies an ideal Ascension graduate. A top student, Patrick has contributed to our theater and track programs while being a student leader on our campus and in our community.”

Every year the NHRP identifies nearly 5,000 of the highest-scoring students (from a nationwide total of more than 250,000 juniors) in the U.S. and U.S. Territories who take the PSAT/NMSQT and designate themselves as at least one-quarter Hispanic/Latino.

The NHRP was initiated in 1983 to identify outstanding Hispanic/Latino high school students and to share information with interested colleges and universities. In order to be eligible, students must be at least one-quarter Hispanic/Latino as defined by the program guidelines, meet the minimum PSAT/NMSQT cutoff score for Texas and achieve a minimum GPA of 3.0.

Guidelines from the NHRP define Hispanic/Latino as an ethnic category and not a racial category. Students may be of any race. For the purposes of NHRP, students must be from a family whose ancestors came from at least one of the following countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Columbia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Spain, Uruguay or Venezuela.

To qualify for the recognition, students must: take the PSAT/NMSQT in October of their junior year; be at least one-quarter Hispanic or Latino descent and identify as Hispanic/Latino on their PSAT/NMSQT answer sheet; achieve the minimum required PSAT/NMSQT cutoff score as yearly set by the College Board; and achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher by the middle of their 11th grade year.

The NHRP makes this information available to subscribing colleges and universities. Students are encouraged to indicate that they have been recognized as a NHRP Scholar on college scholarship, internship and job applications.

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