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College Board National Recognition Programs Honors HCHS Student with Academic Honors

HCHS senior excels in College Board assessments and schoolwork to earn award, which colleges use to identify academically competitive underrepresented students


Hart County High School senior Ethan McDowell 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. Students are considered for the Rural and Small Town Recognition Program based on the location of their high school. Areas are considered rural and small town based on location data from the National Center for Education Statistics.

“We are thrilled that a student has earned this recognition. We are very proud of him because of his achievements in the classroom and on College Board assessments,” said Principal Kevin Gaines. “These programs help students from underrepresented backgrounds stand out to colleges during admissions.”

Ethan became eligible by having a GPA of 3.5 or higher and excelling on the PSAT/NMSQT or PSAT 10, or earned a score of 3 or higher on two or more AP Exams; and attends school in a rural area or small town.