A senior at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy has been honored among the top Hispanic high school students in the nation.
Erick Rodriguez received academic recognition in the College Board’s National Hispanic Recognition Program based on his score on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) that he took during his junior year. He is among 5,000 students selected from among about 250,000 Hispanic high school students for the honor.
"This is my first recognition nationally," Erick said. "I was very glad and my parents were glad because it’s a nice distinction to have."
Dr. Bessie Karvelas, principal at PMSA, said that Erick is an example of the high quality of the students at PMSA.
"Erick epitomizes the high level of quality and performance that students at PMSA are exposed to daily," she said. "We are so proud of his accomplishments and expect to see and hear great things from him in the future."
Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209, said that she is proud of Erick.
"He is to be commended for his effort and his accomplishments, and I congratulate him, " Dr. Collins-Hart said. "We are all proud of Erick, and I wish him well in all of his future endeavors."
To qualify for the National Hispanic Recognition, a student must take the PSAT/NMSQT in October of their junior year, be at least one-quarter Hispanic or Latino, and achieve the minimum required PSAT/NMSQT Selection Index score. In addition, the student must also earn a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or high by the middle of their junior year.
Erick said that he plans to study either mechanical or electrical engineering in college, with plans to one day work in developing new technologies.