MHS students earn College Board honors

Publish Date: 09/08/2022

Two Marion High School students have been honored by the College Board National Recognition Programs.

MHS and Marion Community Schools congratulate senior Joseph Cheung and junior Nathaniel Aguila, who were both honored in the National Rural and Small Town award category. This award recognizes these students’ hard work to prepare for college, and we are proud of them!


Nathaniel Aguila, MHS student        Joseph Cheung, MHS student

At left is Nathaniel Aguila, at right is Joseph Cheung.


This program recognizes students in several groups historically underrepresented in the ranks of college-goers. It signifies outstanding academic achievement, and connects honorees with colleges and universities across the country. The awards can help students stand out during the admissions process and can also lead to scholarship opportunities. Colleges and scholarship programs can use the College Board’s Student Search Service to recruit students and identify potential candidates for scholarships targeted to the categories in which the College Board honors are awarded: African American, Hispanic, Indigenous and Rural/Small Town.

The College Board National Recognition Programs invites eligible students to apply for these awards during their sophomore or junior year. Beyond the award categories, potential eligibility criteria include a GPA of 3.5 or higher, high achievement on PSAT/NMSQT or PSAT 10, or a score of 3 or higher on two or more AP exams. The program honored 62,000 students from across the country this year.

“The College Board National Recognition Programs creates a way for colleges and scholarship programs to connect directly with underrepresented students whom they are hoping to reach,” said Tarlin Ray, College Board senior vice president of BigFuture. “We hope that the award winners and their families celebrate this prestigious honor, and we hope that it helps them plan for their big future.” 

The College Board is a mission-driven not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity. Founded in 1900, the College Board was created to expand access to higher education. Today, the membership association is made up of over 6,000 of the world’s leading educational institutions and is dedicated to promoting excellence and equity in education. Each year, the College Board helps more than 7 million students prepare for a successful transition to college through programs and services in college readiness and college success, including the SAT, the Advanced Placement program, and BigFuture. The organization also serves the education community through research and advocacy on behalf of students, educators, and schools.