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Hispanic and Latino academia celebrated

Students' PSAT scores draw attention of National Hispanic Recognition Program

Junior Amelia Vasquez and Ryan Claycamp scored in the top 1 percent of Hispanic and Latino PSAT test takers.

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Junior Amelia Vasquez and Ryan Claycamp scored in the top 1 percent of Hispanic and Latino PSAT test takers.

By Kennedy Bigham, Staff Writer

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Two Lawrence High students scored in the top 1 percent of Hispanic and Latin test takers for the PSAT, taken in October.

Juniors Amelia Vasquez and Ryan Claycamp were unaware of what the PSAT had to offer when they took it last semester.

“I did not know that the PSAT could give you scholarships,” Vasquez said. “I just thought it would give me an example score of what I would get on the SAT.”

The National Hispanic Recognition Program (NHRP) is used by colleges to find Hispanic and Latino students with strong academic qualities.

“I probably will be joining [the program] and filling out the application for it,” Vasquez said. “I’m really excited and really glad I can participate in it.”

The students learned of their scoring placements via email last month.

“They said, ‘You scored in the top percentage. We want to invite you to this celebration honoring your academia,’ ” Claycamp said. “I went, ‘Hey, mom, look.’ ”

Claycamp said taking the ACT starting his sophomore year gave him practice with college exams.

“The ACT questions are considered to be a little harder than the PSAT questions, so I was already prepping for a little harder questions, so the new questions weren’t as bad.”

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