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Cornerstone Senior Awarded with Academic Honors from College Board National Recognition Program

Cornerstone senior, Roger Brown, 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 who may be eligible 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.

Eligible students are invited to apply during their sophomore or junior year and are awarded at the beginning of the next school year. Students receive their awards in time to include them on their college and scholarship applications. Roger is one of 32,000 students from across the country to earn academic honors from the College Board’s National Recognition Programs.

“By awarding students who excel academically with honors from the College Board National Recognition Programs, our aim is to create pathways to college for underrepresented students,” said Steve Bumbaugh, College Board senior vice president of College & Career Access. “We hope this inspires many more students to work toward this recognition.”  

We had a chance to catch up with Roger as he reflected on his time at Cornerstone and how University Model® Schooling has set him up for success.  

The Early Years

I’ve attended Cornerstone since fifth grade. My mom searched to find a school that provided excellent parent-teacher partnership with a Christian foundation. Her search turned up this unique schooling model and connected me to Cornerstone nearly seven years ago!

Memory Lane

My fondest memories at Cornerstone are spending time with my friends and most recently at the Homecoming Dance because my friends and I along with a fish (yes, a real Betta fish) had fun and we made our last high school Homecoming dance memorable. I had a great time goofing around at lunch throughout the years, too.

Making An Impact 

Two teachers who have made the greatest impact on me are Mrs. Wrenn and Mr. Sikkelee. Mrs. Wrenn inspired me to experiment and apply my scientific knowledge in practical ways during her engineering class in 9th grade. Mr. Sikkelee (former Cornerstone science teacher) also had a significant impact on me because he challenged me to always strive for the best academic performance possible and to stay committed to the goals I want to achieve.

The University Model®

The Cornerstone model of schooling benefited me the most because it allowed me to be involved deeply with my schoolwork. In addition to this, it caused me to be more independent than I would've if I was attending a school with a standard model. 

The Next Season

After I graduate I want to go to college, UGA specifically, and hope to major in biology.  My dream career is to be an Orthopedic Surgeon.

We are very proud of Roger for such an incredible achievement. This recognition speaks volumes about his ability and commitment to his education and we wish him the best in his academic and collegiate future!

The College Board recognizes academic excellence through its National Recognition Programs. Students selected for this prestigious honor can cite it on their college and scholarship applications. In turn, colleges use the listing of this honor as a way of identifying students from underrepresented groups who have excelled on their PSAT/NMSQT, PSAT 10, or AP Exams and in their classwork.  

For more details about the College Board National Recognition Programs please visit www.collegereadiness.collegeboard.org










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