WGHS senior Amanda Cowan receives national College Board recognition

press release from Walton County Public Schools

Amanda Cowan

(Monroe, GA) – Walnut Grove High School Senior Amanda Cowan has been named a College Board National Rural and Small Town Scholar as part of The College Board National Recognition Programs.  

“Receiving this recognition gets me one step closer to where I want to be,” said Cowan. “When it comes to college applications, anything helps, and I hope to use this in my favor. I have always had big dreams for myself, so it is great to see my hard work paying off.”

As a junior, Cowan scored in the top 2.5 percent on the PSAT/NMSQT among high school juniors in her region while maintaining a GPA of 4.2. Her top scores made her eligible to participate in the College Board National Recognition Programs.

Walnut Grove High School Principal Lindsay Allen said, “Amanda is well-deserving of this prestigious recognition from the College Board. She adds value each day to Walnut Grove with her positive attitude, above and beyond work ethic, and desire to aggressively learn each day. Walnut Grove High School is a better place because of Amanda’s influence on her fellow classmates.”

The College Board National Recognition Programs create pathways to college for students from underrepresented communities by awarding them academic honors and connecting them with universities across the country. Students who take the PSAT/NMSQT and are African American, Hispanic American or Latinx, Indigenous or attend school in a rural area or small town, may be invited to apply for academic recognition as part of the College Board National Recognition Programs.

Cowan has applied for early action at Brown University and the Georgia Institute of Technology.

More information on The College Board National Recognition Programs can be found at collegereadiness.collegeboard.org.  

The Walton County School District serves around 14,000 students in 15 schools including nine elementary schools, three middle schools and three high schools. The mission of the Walton County School District is to ensure that each student acquires the knowledge and skills necessary to achieve personal success and enrich the community. The district values students as individuals with unique intellectual, physical, social, and emotional needs. For more information, please visit www.walton.k12.ga.us.

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