National Hispanic Honor Society Recognizes Two KO Students

Jacqueline Pisani
Jack M. Antico '17 and Cassandra L. T-Pederson '17 have been recognized by the National Hispanic Recognition Program (NHRP) as 2016-17 National Hispanic Scholars.
Each year, NHRP honors approximately 5,000 academically outstanding students from the more than 250,000 Hispanic/Latino juniors who take the PSAT/NMSQT™.  Jack and Cassandra scored in the top 2.5% of such testers in our region.
But like many KO students, outstanding scores on a standardized test don’t tell the full multi-dimensional story of Jack and Cassandra. Cassandra is on the leadership council for United Students, a competency club that meets to facilitate discussions and plan events, a Shield and Dragon tour guide and a member of Orange is the New Gray, a female empowerment group, and co-president for Gender and Sexual Alliance as well as member of the tennis and squash teams. She has participated in Model U.N. and has joined the service trip to Paraguay for Team Tobati. An accomplished viola player, Cassie is in the school orchestra and played with the West Hartford Symphony Orchestra. Of the recognition Cassie enthused, “It is very exciting. I’m impressed that the College Board is reaching out to other demographics and making the college process less of a game and more of an equal opportunity for everyone.”
Jack is the captain of the cross-country team, News and Opinion Editor for the KO News, a Shield and Dragon tour guide and a member of the Investment Club. He said of his school experience, “KO changed who I am and allowed me to experience many different ideas and academic interests.”
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