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Three Hastings High School Students Honored by College Board National Hispanic Recognition Program

NHRP-College board logoHastings High School seniors Felipe Iglesias, Manuel Iglesias, and Max Mazer were honored by the College Board National Hispanic Recognition Program this past week. The College Board National Recognition Program highlights the academic achievements of students who identify as African American, Hispanic, Latinx or Indigenous, as well as those who attend school in a small town or rural area. Honorees are chosen based on their PSAT/NMSQT test scores and must earn a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher.

“It feels good to be recognized for the work I put into school,” said Manuel Iglesias.

“I’m very honored to receive this award,” added Mazer. “I’m very proud of the work I’ve put in and I’m glad that the College Board is taking notice to Latinos who are trying to advance themselves in a sometimes-hostile place in higher education.”

The students, who happen to be friends, coincidentally share the same Hispanic/Latinx heritage.

“Both of my parents are from Argentina,” said Mazer.

“Our parents are Argentinian as well,” added Manuel Iglesias. “They are doctors from Buenos Aires and have lived here for 30 years.”

For Manuel and Felipe Iglesias, their Hispanic/Latinx heritage is one of the most important aspects of their life.

“It’s a very large part of who I am,” said Manuel Iglesias. “Whether I’m playing soccer or spending time with my family, a lot of it comes from my Hispanic heritage and I wouldn’t be who I am without it.” “It really defines me as a person,” added Felipe Iglesias.

“It also gives me another perspective, like going to Argentina and seeing how different it is and how it's another world.”

The feeling is shared with Mazer, who said his heritage is a key part of his identity.

“What makes me ‘me’ is my Hispanic culture,” said Mazer. “A lot of my interests come from what my parents were interested in when they were living in their home country.”

The students’ families were thrilled by the news.

“They were happy and proud,” added Mazer. “But it’s just really about making the effort for the entire four years of high school and persevering that matters.”

“I think making them proud is important because they’ve gone through so many struggles just moving here,” added Felipe Iglesias. “They did that, so we wouldn’t have to struggle. So, it is important that we take advantage of the opportunities that we have in America.”

“Our parents came to the US, so I want to do the best I can to make that worth it for them,” said Manuel Iglesias.