College Board awards academic honors to three Friday Harbor High School students

Posted September 22, 2022 at 12:33 pm by

San Juan Island School Dis­trict sends along news about awards grant­ed to three local high schoolers.

Three Fri­day Har­bor High School stu­dents have earned aca­d­e­m­ic hon­ors from the Col­lege Board Nation­al Recog­ni­tion Pro­gram: junior Ava Mar­tin, junior Siena Traynor, and senior Islay Ross. These Nation­al Recog­ni­tion Pro­grams grant under­rep­re­sent­ed stu­dents with aca­d­e­m­ic hon­ors that help them mean­ing­ful­ly con­nect to nation­wide col­leges and stand out dur­ing the admis­sions process. Col­leges and schol­ar­ship pro­grams iden­ti­fy stu­dents award­ed nation­al African Amer­i­can, His­pan­ic, Indige­nous or rural/small town recog­ni­tion through Col­lege Board’s Stu­dent Search Service.

“I am extreme­ly grate­ful to attend Fri­day Har­bor High School and my expe­ri­ences in [Advanced Place­ment] have been over­whelm­ing­ly pos­i­tive,” Ava says. “All of the teach­ers have done a fan­tas­tic job help­ing me learn and they have pro­vid­ed a tremen­dous amount of sup­port. My AP U.S. His­to­ry teacher, Ms. Cald­well, went above and beyond when help­ing me pre­pare for the exam. I am very grate­ful that Fri­day Har­bor High is able to pro­vide me with so many AP course options.”

“Even though the size of Fri­day Har­bor High School can make it dif­fi­cult for class­es to be the most com­pet­i­tive, I appre­ci­at­ed the sup­port from my teach­ers last year,” Siena explains. “Per­haps most impor­tant­ly, I love the way it feels when you open a text­book and the rest of the world dis­ap­pears even though it also con­nects to every­thing you’re read­ing. While you’re sit­ting there, only the text, then the lit­tle high­light­ed por­tions remain. That is the kind of oppor­tu­ni­ty and expe­ri­ence that an AP class allows you to have.”

“It’s easy to feel lim­it­ed when you come from such a tiny island, but the arts com­mu­ni­ty is so spe­cial here,” Islay says. “I’m lucky to have grown up sur­round­ed by unique and sup­port­ive people:

the sculp­tor who showed me how to see shapes in wood;
the painter who taught me the planes of the face;
the artist who walked me through my first life-size sculpture;
the locals who come togeth­er for draw­ing group on Tues­day nights;
the restau­rant own­ers who offered to hang my art on their walls;
my art teacher who would talk through a piece with me for hours;
my mom who lets me use her art studio;
my dad who car­ries my six-foot can­vas­es around;
and any­one who’s ever told me to keep mak­ing art.”

“This is an amaz­ing tes­ta­ment to these young schol­ars, and to the cal­iber of edu­ca­tion­al expe­ri­ence they’re access­ing here in Fri­day Har­bor,” says Andrea Hill­man, Prin­ci­pal of Fri­day Har­bor High School. “We are very proud of them for their achieve­ments in their class­rooms and on Col­lege Board assess­ments. We can’t wait to see them through the rest of high school and their path beyond our doors. These pro­grams will help these remark­able stu­dents stand out to col­leges dur­ing admissions.”

Stu­dents receive their awards in time to include them on their col­lege and schol­ar­ship applications.

Eli­gi­ble stu­dents have a grade point aver­age 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, 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.”

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