Two Carthage High School students have earned national recognition for scoring in the top 2.5 percent nationally on the PSAT.

William Jackson was selected for the College Board National Rural and Small Town Recognition Program, while Jorge Luis Solis was chosen for the National Hispanic Recognition Program.

“We’re very proud of these guys,” Assistant Principal Chris Stacy told members of the Board of Trustees on Monday. Stacy said the recognitions were “an outstanding honor for these young men.”

The College Board, which runs the SAT and PSAT tests, created several National Recognition Programs in Fall 2019 to honor students from underrepresented groups. In addition to qualifying through their PSAT scores, Solis and Jackson had to earn a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5. The recognition gives Solis and Jackson academic honors they can include on college and scholarship applications.


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