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EPHS students recognized by The College Board

EPHS students recognized by The College Board

Five Elmwood Park High School students were awarded academic honors from The College Board National Recognition Programs, a program designed to recognize the success of underrepresented students.

The five EPHS students were recognized because they held a GPA of 3.5 or higher and had outstanding performances on the PSAT/NMSQT and/or AP exams.

The five students, who are all seniors, are as follows: 

  • Kaylee Kopiczko, National Hispanic Recognition Award (NHRA) 
  • Kyle Lopez, National Hispanic Recognition Award (NHRA) 
  • Rayan Lahlou-Nabil, National African American Recognition Award (NAARA) 
  • Sarai Quintanar, National Hispanic Recognition Award (NHRA) 
  • Serafina Feltman, National Hispanic Recognition Award (NHRA) 

The students cut the cake during their celebration. Left to right the students are: Sarai Quintanar, Kyle Lopez, Kaylee Kopiczko, Rayan Lahlou-Nabil and Serafina Feltman 

EPHS principal Dr. Amanda Brode-Rico and school counselors came together to honor the students at lunch. 

“Recognizing the people that went through struggles or persevere through their life is important,” said Lahlou-Nabil. “Especially when you come from different backgrounds.”

Lahlou-Nabil, who would like to attend the University of Michigan or Northwestern, was pleased with the surprise. 

“It just felt good to be recognized for something,” said Kopiczko, who would like to attend the University of Central Florida for nursing. “And my heritage is very close to me, so that made it very special.” 

“I didn’t expect it,” said Serafina Feltman. 

The students and EPHS Principal Dr. Amanda Brode-Rico pose for a picture outside the high school

Not only are the seniors leaders in their class, but school counselor Paige Kozyra says they’re setting an example for future students. 

“I really think it gives our students something to aspire to and that kids from Elmwood Park can do great things,” said Kosyra. 

The five students will be honored at the next regular board of education meeting on Sept. 27 at 7 p.m.