Alachua County students earn national recognition   

Eastside High School students earn College Board National Scholars title
Students from Eastside High School were among 52 named College Board National Scholars. (Courtesy of Alachua County Public Schools)
Courtesy of Alachua County Public Schools

Fifty-three Alachua County Public School (ACPS) high school students recently earned the College Board National Scholars title for their performances on national exams and classwork. 

The College Board’s African American, Hispanic, Indigenous, and Rural/Small Town Recognition program notified the students of their significant achievements. 

“It’s exciting to have so many outstanding scholars from our district,” ACPS Superintendent Shane Andrew said in a press release. “They have achieved something very impressive, and we’re proud to have them representing our schools and community.” 

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The students earned top scores on either the PSAT/NMSQT or PSAT 10 college entrance exams or Advanced Placement exams. 

This year’s scholars are enrolled in Buchholz, Eastside, Gainesville, Newberry and Santa Fe High Schools. 

The scholars for 2022 are:  

Buchholz High School 

National African American Recognition Award: 

Arabella Ahmad, Edward Churuba, Kelisha Andre, Nia Jobson, Zachariah Taylor  

National Hispanic Recognition Award:  

Alden Vega, Amelia Rufino, Eduardo Fuzy, Eric Kallas, Lex Ettinger, Madeline Wong, Naomi De Oliveira, Paola Monge, Samuel Chapman, Serengeti Alvarez, Xavier Ayala-Vermont.  

Eastside High School 

National African American Recognition Award:  

Abigail Dagins, Awab El Ghissassi, Brooklyn Thomas, Chris Okorochukwu, Jibril Bachu, John Oduntan, Laila Jones, Rowa Nawari, Samantha Jones 

National Hispanic Recognition Award:  

Augustus Paluzzi, Catianna Andino, Elena Frenock, Matthew Martin, Nicholas Reyes, Thomas Pereira 

National Indigenous Award:  

Daniel Zou 

Gainesville High School 

National African American Recognition Award:  

Amanda Baez, Joshua Morison, Rianna Griffith, Shanaya Brown 

National Hispanic Recognition Award:  

Alessandra Deleon, Alexander Hudleston, Amanda Baez, Antonio Baez, Camila Galvao, Carli Sarmiento, Diego Bruna, Francisca Riveros, Maximiliano Probert, Miranda Bustamante, Niccolo Corvetto, Patrick Nowels 

Newberry High School

National Rural and Small Town Award: Emma Meade

Santa Fe High School 

National Rural and Small-Town Award:  

Nathan Anderson, Nick Athern, Evan Cornell, Kayla Hill, Tyler Sutton 

Editor’s note: This story was updated with information from ACPS regarding the addition of a Newberry High School student.

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