Model Laboratory School Students Awarded National Academic Honors

Five students at Model Laboratory School at Eastern Kentucky University have earned academic honors from the College Board National Recognition Programs. More than 180,000 students from all 50 states were eligible to apply for the College Board National Recognition Programs, which grant students with academic honors that can be included on college and scholarship applications.

Juma Conn (’24) was awarded the National African American Recognition Award.

Additionally, the following students were awarded the National Rural and Small Town Award:

  • Serena Florell (’23)
  • Colin Richey (’23)
  • Tyler Sayre (’23)
  • Lucy Taliaferro (’24)

Students eligible for the National Recognition Programs 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.

“We are incredibly proud of our students for not only earning college credit, but also being recognized for their academic achievements at the national level,” said John Williamson, superintendent of Model Laboratory School. “Model graduates across the decades have demonstrated the transferrable skills necessary to achieve excellence and recognition wherever their academic and professional journeys take them throughout the Commonwealth and nation.”   

The College Board National Recognition Programs grant underrepresented students 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.

“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.”





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