North Students Named Hispanic Recognition Scholars

Posted by Community Relations Department on 9/26/2012

Seniors Alexia Lagarda and Ceasar Udave were named Hispanic Recognition Scholars.  The program identifies nearly 5,000 highest-scoring Hispanic/Latino students from the approximately 235,000 Hispanic/Latino juniors who take the PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT) each year.  



Lagarda is North’s Robotics club president which competes in FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics events.  Here career goal is to be an engineer and build robots.  Lagarda is also active in JROTC as a color guard member, mock trial club secretary, National Art Honor Society, Interact Club and Hiking Club.  Outside school, she is involved in the New Pathways Program, helping students improve their lives and the lives of others.  Lagarda will be the first in her family to attend college.  She is applying to the University of Arizona, ASU, Boston University and Rochester University.



Udave loves music and physics.  His safe career strategy is to become an engineer.  But the tuba player in the North band has a creative side, as well.  He likes to write jokes and wants to do stand-up comedy, he draws sketches and he is also interested in film, acting and animation.  He hasn’t ruled out the idea of coming back to North High after college and teaching International Baccalaureate classes.  Besides band, he is in drama and the hiking club at school.  He is considering ASU’s Barrett Honors College, New York University, Duke and Columbia. 



Although the National Hispanic Scholars program does not provide a financial reward, being named is an important academic recognition for students and colleges and universities that are particularly interested in communicating with academically exceptional Hispanic/Latino students.