Four North High Seniors Named 2015 National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholars

Posted by Community Relations on 9/10/2015

Four North High seniors have been named 2015 National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholars-Acacia Anaya, Spring Arehart, Victor Vazquez and Matthew Ramirez. The program, sponsored by the College Board, identifies approximately 5,000 outstanding Hispanic/Latino high school students, from the 250,000 Hispanic/Latino juniors based on highest scores received on the PSAT/NMSQT (National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) taken as juniors

To be eligible for recognition, students must take the PSAT as juniors, achieve the qualifying score per state, and have a grade point average of 3.5 or higher by the middle of their junior year.
Acacia Anaya is an International Baccalaureate Diploma candidate. While she is still undecided on her college choice, her course of study and career aspirations are clearer. She wants to study mechanical or electrical engineering, and continue that career direction. She is on the North Robotics team, and spent a week in Boston at an MIT summer science program. Her favorite class is math. Anaya also competes in cross country and track for the Mustangs. She has been in the Phoenix Police Explorer program, and is currently the assistant commander.

Spring Arehart takes a full load of Advanced Placement classes, and stays busy as a paid intern at a local law firm. She hopes to study art education in college. She is active in theatre, both on stage and backstage for four years in the North Drama program. She is the Drama Club president and is currently stage manager for the fall production of Crazy Town.

Victor Vazquez is an IB Diploma candidate who eventually wants to become a lawyer. Already bilingual in English and Spanish, he is in his fourth year of French, and has placed nationally as a sophomore and junior in the National French test. He is member of Generation Ink, a poetry and spoken word club on campus, as well as the hiking club, student government, wants to be a lawyer.

Matthew Ramirez has been in IB for four years, and will be headed to Bringham Young University next year. He wants to study civil engineering. He enjoys designing, is taking a drawing/painting class, and is a member of the North Film Society and National Art Honor Society. Ramirez is painting murals around the campus. His creative side includes taking piano lessons for the past eight years. Active in Boy Scouts, he is working on becoming an Eagle Scout.

“Our students are eligible for the highest dollar amount merit scholarship at any of our three in-state universities and may be eligible for large scholarships at out-of-state universities based on their National Scholar status,” counselor Abigail Dolin said.