Carson’s Llamas-Cruz honored by College Board

Alex Llamas-Cruz

Alex Llamas-Cruz

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Carson High School junior Alexandra Llamas-Cruz has earned academic honors from the College Board National Recognition Programs, according to a news release from the Carson City School District.
The National Recognition Programs help underrepresented students with academic honors be more fully included on college and scholarship applications with universities across the county. It also helps students make meaningful connections to colleges and helps them stand out during the admissions process. Colleges and scholarship programs identify students awarded national African-American, Hispanic, Indigenous and/or rural/small town recognition through the College Board’s Student Search Service.
Llamas-Cruz is a junior Advanced Placement student at Carson High who also participates in CHS’ orchestra and swimming programs. She has a 4.3 grade point average and a dedication to extracurricular involvement. In the 2022 season, she made state for multiple individual swimming events as well as relays, and this year she hopes to beat a school record in the 100-yard butterfly.
“As a Latina, I am so proud of this award because in so many ways, Hispanic students are not represented in academics and athletics,” Llamas-Cruz said in the news release. “I want to be a role model for others, and I am grateful for what AP and CHS have brought into my life. My mom pushed me to work hard and push myself, which also has helped.”
Students who might be eligible must 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 will be invited to apply during their sophomore or junior year and will be awarded at the beginning of the next school year. Students will receive their awards in time to include them on their college and scholarship applications.
“We’re thrilled that Alex has earned this recognition,” said CHS Principal Bob Chambers said in the news release. “We are very proud of her for her achievements in her classrooms and on her AP exams and PSAT. We hope Alex and her family celebrate this prestigious honor and use it to help plan for a bright and big future.”


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