Notre dame students receive academic honors from college board

FAIRFIELD – Two Notre Dame High School students have earned academic honors from the College Board National Recognition Programs. These 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 stand out during the admissions process. This year, Gideon McDougald ’24 and Kendra Mitacek ’24 have both been awarded the National African American Recognition Award.

“We’re thrilled that Gideon and Kendra have earned this recognition. We are very proud of them for their achievements in the classroom and on College Board assessments,” said Dr. Chris Cipriano. “Gideon and Kendra serve as fine examples of young people taking full advantage of all the opportunities Notre Dame offers its students. It has been a pleasure watching them grow and I look forward to seeing what the future holds for both of them.”

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.

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