The Dunham School is pleased to announce that senior Ana Rodriguez has been named a National Hispanic Scholar by the College Board.
“I feel honored to be named a National Hispanic Scholar and am thankful for the opportunities that might result from this honor,” Ana said. “I’m also tremendously grateful for the teachers at Dunham who have pushed me to do my best in all of my classes; I couldn't have achieved this recognition without their constant encouragement.”
Ana, the daughter of Dr. Ricardo and Tess Rodriguez, has also received national academic distinctions as a National Merit Commended student and an Advanced Placement Scholar earlier this year. An honor student, Ana hopes to pursue studies in applied mathematics and/or nutrition and wellness. Her college aspirations include University of Notre Dame and Wake Forest University, to name a few.
“Ana is a dedicated student who works tirelessly to achieve her full potential. She challenges herself with a rigorous academic schedule while still be involved in many service organizations and leadership positions. Her education here at Dunham has provided her a firm foundation to be successful in any future pursuit,” said Upper School Director Amanda McIlwain.
A student at Dunham since the third grade, Ana is an accomplished dancer and swims for the Dunham varsity swim team. She was a member of Dunham’s 2016 State Championship 200 Free relay and 2016 Runner-up 200 Medley relay teams. Ana also coaches teams at Crawfish Aquatics and Baton Rouge Country Club and teaches swim lessons.
Students qualifying for academic recognition as part of the College Board’s National Hispanic Recognition Program (NHRP) are the top 2.5% among Hispanic and Latino students who took the PSAT/NMSQT in Spring 2017. Every year, the NHRP recognizes approximately 5,000 of the 250,000 Hispanic/Latino juniors who take the test.