Rising above: 2014 HCISD Scholars recognized

Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District’s Department for Advanced Academic Services recognized the 2014 high school scholars from Harlingen High School, Harlingen High School South, and Early College High School during the November board meeting.

“We are very proud to recognize the achievements of our outstanding scholars,” said Superintendent Dr. Art Cavazos. “Our students continue to raise the bar on academic excellence and set a positive example for younger students in our district. We commend our teachers and administration for setting high expectations, and we thank their parents for their continued support and commitment.”​

Students earned academic awards based on grade point average, advanced placement test and/or standardized testing results.

The board and community in attendance recognized the following students:

National Merit Scholars and National Hispanic Scholars – Left to Right: (front) Arturo Villareal III, Moises E. Pena Jr., Adriana G. Rodriguez, Marissa Trevino, Jessica R. Chavez, Gwendolyn P. Poulos, Melissa Perez, Christian R. Pena Left to Right: (back) Benjamin G. Whitman, John-Anthony I. Fraga, Ryan Adam Valdez, Matthew T. Ringheanu, Christopher J. Hinojosa, Joshua N. Anderson

National Merit Scholarship Program

The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships entered by taking the PSAT/NMSQT in October. The following April approximately 50,000 students with the highest PSAT/NMSQT scores are notified of their high-scoring status, and in September, the students with these high scorers are notified that they qualified either as Commended Students or Semifinalists. Commended students receive a Letter of Commendation since they are placed among the top 5% of students who took the PSAT.

Harlingen High School South:

Joshua N. Anderson, Chance H. Chapman, Christopher J. Hinojosa, Gwendolyn P. Poulos, and Matthew T. Ringheanu


National Hispanic Recognition Program

The National Hispanic Recognition Program recognizes approximately 2% from a pool of about 200,000 students. The recognition is based on a combination of PSAT/NMSQT score and GPA.

Harlingen High School:

Melissa Perez


Harlingen High South:

Ruayda Bouls, Jessica R. Chavez, John-Anthony I. Fraga, Christopher J. Hinojosa, Moises E. Pena, Jr., Christian R. Pena, Ivan Trevino, Jr., Marissa Trevino, Arturo Villarreal, III, and Benjamin G. Whitman

Honorable Mentions: Adriana G. Rodriguez and Jose A. Sanchez


Early College High School:

Ryan Adam Valdez

AP Scholars – Left to Right: (front) Kellie Fleuriet, Marissa Trevino, Adriana G. Rodriguez, Moises E. Pena, Christian R. Pena, Joshua N. Anderson Left to Right: (back) Benjamin G. Whitman, John-Anthony I. Fraga, Alexis R. Mulkey, Britney A. Meeks, Melissa R. Perez, Justin E. Macmanus

AP Scholars

AP Scholars are recognized as part of small group of students. Only 18% of the more than one million high school students who took AP exams performed at a sufficiently high level to merit this recognition.

The following students qualified for the national AP Scholar Award by earning a score of 3 or higher on three or more AP Exams.

Harlingen High School:

Conan C. Campos, Clara K. Duffy, Justin E. Macmanus, Juan A. Maldonado-2014 Graduate, Carter Mink, Melissa R Perez, Joseph G. Sisto, Chandler B. Stanteen, and Luke Vargas


Harlingen South:

Joshua N. Anderson, Britney A. Meeks, Alexis R. Mulkey, Arturo C. Olivarez, Christian R. Pena, Moises E. Pena, Gwendolyn P. Poulos, Adelina C. Ramirez-2014 Graduate,  Adriana G. Rodriguez, Joshua Teruneh-2014 Graduate, Ivan Trevino, Jr., and Marissa Trevino


AP Scholars with Honor

The following students qualified as AP Scholars with Honor by earning a score of 3 or higher on four or more AP Exams.

Harlingen High School:

Julio S. Beatriz, Samar R. Dawy, and Quentin Hale-2014 Graduate


Harlingen High High South:

Chance H. Chapman, John-Anthony I. Fraga, and Benjamin G. Whitman


AP Scholars with Distinction

The following student qualified as an AP Scholars with Distinction by receiving an average score of 3.5 on all AP Exams taken and scores of 3 or higher on 5 or more of these exams.

Harlingen High School:

Donaldo D. Almazan-2014 Graduate, and Kellie Fleuriet


Harlingen High School South:

Tristan R. Barrera-2014 Graduate

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