Emmetsburg High School  student excelled in College Board assessments and schoolwork to earn these awards, which colleges use to identify academically competitive underrepresented students

 Emmetsburg, IA – An Emmetsburg High School student has earned academic honors from the College Board National Recognition Programs. 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 meaningfully connect to colleges and stand out during the admissions process. Colleges and scholarship programs identify students awarded National African American, Hispanic, Indigenous and/or Rural/Small Town Recognition through College Board’s Student Search Service.

 Olivia Lace, the daughter of Marilee Lace and the late Jon Lace, received the National Rural and Small Town award from the College Board. Students are considered for this award based on the location of their high school and the designation of Emmetsburg as a rural or small town area based on data from the National Center for Education Statistics.  

 “We’re thrilled that Olivia has earned this recognition. We are very proud of her for her achievements in their classrooms and on College Board assessments,” said Tracie Christensen, high school principal. “These programs help students from underrepresented backgrounds stand out to colleges during admissions.”

 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 Latinx, Indigenous, and/or attend school in a rural area or small town.

 Eligible students will be invited to apply during their sophomore or junior year and will be awarded at the beginning of the next school year. Students will receive their awards in time to include them on their college and scholarship applications.

  “We want to honor the hard work of these students through the College Board National Recognition Programs. This program creates a way for colleges and scholarship programs to connect directly with underrepresented students who they are hoping to reach,” said Tarlin Ray, College Board senior vice president of BigFuture. “We hope the award winners and their families celebrate this prestigious honor and it helps them plan for their big future.”