The Prosper Independent School District recently learned Prosper High School had six National Hispanic Scholars being recognized by the National Hispanic Recognition Program. The designation, which is determined based upon junior year performance on the PSAT test, was awarded to Matthew Alsina, Robert Beals, Alexandria DeWald, Jordan Guerrero, Ryan Hogg and Mariana Pena.

The program recognizes only about 5,000 Hispanic/Latino students each year from the more than 400,000 students who took the test. The program is run directly by the College Board and Scholarship America. In addition to excellence on the PSAT, NHRP recognition requires a minimum 3.5 grade point average.

Matthew Alsina is the son of Paul and Michelle Alsina. Matthew has been in Prosper ISD since the first Grade. After graduation, he intends to go to college hoping to attend the University of Notre Dame in order to study Business Analytics. Matthew credits his success to his work ethic and the support he has received from his family who have always encouraged him to do his best in all of his endeavors.

Robert Beals is the son of Brett and Maria Beals. This is his second year in Prosper ISD. After graduation, Robert plans to go to college to study mechanical engineering. Robert feels that his academic success can best be attributed to the teachers he has had during his educational career.

Alexandria DeWald is the daughter of Gaylen and Alba DeWald. Alexandria has been in Prosper ISD since fifth grade. She plans to attend Texas A&M after high school majoring in psychology. She credits her academic success to all of the support she has received from her parents and teachers.

Jordan Guerrero is the daughter of Rudy and Debbie Guerrero. She has been in Prosper ISD since kindergarten beginning in the Dual Language program. After high school, she plans to attend either the University of Oklahoma, Texas A&M University or Baylor University to pursue a major in either Diagnostic Medical Imaging or Kinesiology and Exercise Science. She believes that her attention to detail and her dedication to work hard have helped her find success in school; however, she also believes that the people in her life have played a much larger and much more important role in her academic success.

Ryan Hogg is the son of Stewart and Angelica Hogg. Ryan also began in Prosper ISD in kindergarten in the Dual language program at Folsom Elementary. Ryan plans to attend either MIT, US Naval Academy, Texas A&M or UTD to pursue a career in the engineering field. He attributes his success to his unwavering work ethic and determination.

Mariana Pena is the daughter of Victor and Deyanira Pena. Mariana came to Prosper ISD the start of her freshman year. She plans to attend college after high school to major in Public Health and healthcare policy. She credits her academic success to “the teachers I’ve had over the years, and especially at PHS.”