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IMSA Seniors Selected as 2011-12 National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholars

Three IMSA seniors have been selected as 2011-12 National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholars (NHRP), an important academic award that identifies outstanding Hispanic/Latino high school students.


Brendan Mathias

Paloma Ocola
Jorge Quero
IMSA seniors Brendan Mathias of Barrington, Paloma Ocola of Oswego and Jorge Quero of Antioch are among nearly 5,000 students selected from a pool of over 235,000 who took the 2010 Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), the test used in the competition, and identified themselves as Hispanic/Latino. Students who have achieved a minimum PSAT/NMSQT/PAA score for their region and have GPAs of 3.5 or higher are designated as Scholars.
The NHRP sends a list of all recognized students to subscribing colleges and universities that have specific interest in academically outstanding seniors of Hispanic/Latino heritage. The nationwide list includes students from the United States, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, Mariana Islands and Marshall Islands, as well as U.S. citizens attending schools abroad. It also includes approximately 150 of the top scoring PAA™ students from Puerto Rico.
The internationally recognized Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy® (IMSA) develops creative, ethical leaders in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.  As a teaching and learning laboratory created by the State of Illinois, IMSA enrolls academically talented Illinois students (grades 10-12) in its advanced, residential college preparatory program, and it serves thousands of educators and students in Illinois and beyond through innovative instructional programs that foster imagination and inquiry. IMSA also advances education through research, groundbreaking ventures and strategic partnerships. (

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