Santa Barbara Unified Celebrates Students Awarded with Academic Honors from College Board National Recognition Programs

Santa Barbara Unified Celebrates Students Awarded with Academic Honors from College Board National Recognition Programs
Ed Zuchelli

Students at Dos Pueblos, San Marcos, and Santa Barbara High Schools earned academic honors from the College Board National Recognition Programs.

These programs celebrate students' hard work in high school and showcase their strong academic performance.

The academic honors for rural area, Black, Indigenous, and/or Latino students are an opportunity for students to share their strong academic achievements with colleges and scholarship programs that are seeking to recruit diverse talent.

 At Santa Barbara Unified, the following students were honored:

Dos Pueblos High School

San Marcos High School

Santa Barbara High School

Anthony Garcia- NHRA Camila Martinez- NHRA Addison Sweeney- NIA
Cristopher Geiler- NHRA

Katherine Garnica Patino- NHRA

David Benavidez- NHRA
Itzel Cruz Meza- NHRA Mason Rice- NHRA

Francisco Valladares- NHRA

Joel Madrigal- NHRA

Megan Taylor- NIA

Michael Denver- NHRA

John Hayward- NHRA

Noelle Cabrera- NHRA


Nancy Patino Arreguin- NHRA


Mia Penate (currently attending San Marcos HS)- NHRA


Award Key:

National Hispanic Recognition Award (NHRA)
National Indigenous Award (NIA)

“We’re thrilled to celebrate our students and recognize them for the great work they’ve been doing. We’re proud of their strong academic performance in the classroom and on College Board assessments like the PSAT/NMSQT®, PSAT™ 10, and AP® exams,” said Principal Woodard. “There’s so much that makes our students unique, and receiving this honor reinforces this as an asset for their future.”

“Seeing these students excel is a demonstration of their hard work and dedication. Whether it’s late nights studying or being involved in extracurricular activities, these students make us proud to be a Don,” said interim Santa Barbara High School principal Fred Razo

“I am incredibly proud of these students. The example they set in regards to scholarship and leadership is an inspiration to their peers, our staff, and myself,” said San Marcos High School Principal Dare Holdren.

“We are very proud of our students and their achievements. Their effort and commitment to excellence in academics is to be commended and recognized as part of the rigor and high expectations that we know all students deserve and can achieve. Si se puede!” stated Dr. Hilda Maldonado. “We also want to thank the parents and teachers who partner to ensure students are supported and in their efforts”

 The criteria for eligible students include:

·   GPA of 3.5 or higher.

·   PSAT/NMSQT or PSAT 10 assessment scores that are within the top 10% of assessment takers in each state for each award program or earned a score of 3 or higher on 2 or more AP Exams in 9th and 10th grade.

·   Attend school in a rural area or small town, or identify as African American/Black, Hispanic American/Latino, or Indigenous/Native.

Eligible students are invited to apply on BigFuture during their sophomore or junior year and are awarded at the start of the next school year in time to share their achievements in high school as they plan for the future. At the same time, colleges and organizations using College Board’s Student Search Servicecan connect directly with awardees during the recruitment process.

“It’s becoming increasingly hard for students to be ‘seen’ during the college recruitment process. We’re exceptionally proud of the National Recognition Programs for celebrating students who are at times overlooked but have shown their outstanding academic abilities,” said Tarlin Ray, senior vice president of BigFuture® at College Board. “This is a benefit not only for students but also for colleges and universities committed to recruiting diverse and talented students.”