Congratulations to Uchechi Anaba, who is one of 62,000 students from across the country to earn academic honors from the College Board’s National Recognition Programs! These National Recognition Programs grant underrepresented students with academic honors that can be included on college and scholarship applications and connect students with universities across the country, helping them stand out during the admissions process. Colleges and scholarship programs use these honors to identify students from underrepresented groups through College Board’s Student Search Service.

“I’ve worked really hard in school, at home, and I’m proud I was able to get this recognition,” Uchechi said.

She earned this acknowledgement by excelling on her PSAT/NMSQT, PSAT 10, or AP Exams and in her classes. Students who may be eligible have a GPA of 3.5 or higher and have excelled on the PSAT/NMSQT or PSAT 10 or earned a score of 3 or higher on two or more AP Exams; and are African American or Black, Hispanic American or Latinx, Indigenous, and/or attend school in a rural area or small town. Eligible students are invited to apply during their sophomore or junior year and are awarded at the beginning of the next school year.

A senior from Pawtucket who is in SRA’s Honors program, Moore Scholars, and on the honor roll, Uchechi received the Outstanding Service Award and the Sacred Heart Book Award last year and was also inducted into the Spanish Honor Society and the National Honor Society.

She is a member of the morning announcements crew, yearbook club, the school newspaper, and a founding member of the Cultures Club. She served as an orientation leader and sings in liturgical choir.

Uchechi is beginning the college application process and plans to stay in New England. “As of now I am interested in double majoring in African studies with a concentration in women’s development in Western Africa as well as urban planning. I basically hope to address sustainability issues that arise in communities due to car dependency and want to advocate for the rights of Black women,” she said.