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Winry McCourt, Amelia Beard, Samantha Schmidt, and Elias Dee

Congratulations to Winry McCourt, Amelia Beard, Samantha Schmidt, and Elias Dee — four  CIHS students recognized with the College Board's National Rural and Small Town Award. This award honors students who, as sophomores and juniors, scored exceptionally well on AP® or PSAT™ exams and have a GPA of 3.5 or higher. 

We’re thrilled to celebrate our students and recognize them for the great work they’ve been doing. We’re proud of their strong academic performance in the classroom and on College Board assessments like the PSAT/NMSQT®, PSAT™ 10, and AP® exams. There’s so much that makes our students unique, and receiving this honor reinforces their unique goals for their future.

The criteria for this honor include: 

  • GPA of 3.5 or higher.
  • PSAT/NMSQT or PSAT 10 assessment scores that are within the top 10% of assessment takers in each state for each award program or earned a score of 3 or higher on 2 or more AP Exams in 9th and 10th grade.
  • Attend school in a rural area or small town.

Eligible students are invited to apply on BigFuture during their sophomore or junior year and are awarded at the start of the next school year in time to share their achievements in high school as they plan for the future. At the same time, colleges and organizations using College Board’s Student Search Service™ can connect directly with awardees during the recruitment process.

“It’s becoming increasingly hard for students to be ‘seen’ during the college recruitment process. We’re exceptionally proud of the National Recognition Programs for celebrating students who are at times overlooked but have shown their outstanding academic abilities,” said Tarlin Ray, senior vice president of BigFuture® at College Board. “This is a benefit not only for students but also for colleges and universities committed to recruiting diverse and talented students.”  

  • C-I Schools
  • Cambridge-Isanti High School

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