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BHS scholars earn national recognition

Berlin High School is proud to announce that Noah Arce-Caliskan, Dominic Mongillo and Jameson Urrunaga have earned academic honors from the College Board National Recognition Program.

The BHS seniors are recipients of the National Hispanic Recognition Award. This is the first time students from Berlin High have earned this honor.

To be eligible, students must have a GPA of 3.5-plus and have excelled on the PSAT/NMSQT or PSAT 10, or have earned a score of 3 or higher on two or more AP Exams.

“We’re thrilled that our students have earned this recognition. We are very proud of them for their hard work, effort and achievement in their classrooms and on College Board assessments,” said Eileen Eustis, Berlin High School Principal. “My hope is that this recognition will open doors to various opportunities for Noah, Dominic and Jamie.”

Tarlin Ray, College Board senior vice president of BigFuture, said, “This program creates a way for colleges and scholarship programs to connect directly with underrepresented students who they are hoping to reach. We hope the award winners and their families celebrate this prestigious honor and it helps them plan for their big future.”

Noah Arce-Caliskan

From advanced and honors to AP and UConn ECE courses, Arce-Caliskan has challenged himself academically. He has earned numerous academic awards and has regularly achieved high honors status.

Also, he was a contender for a Scholastic Art Award, and his talents have been recognized with exhibitions in the district art show.

Arce-Caliskan is a member of Upbeat, Habitat for Humanity, and the Coding Club, and serves as a math tutor. In addition, he has competed in multiple sports, and has been employed as a landscaper and at a floral shop.

Arce-Caliskan plans to study computer science at UConn and has his sights set on becoming a software developer.

Dominic Mongillo

Mongillo has taken advantage of extensive AP and UConn ECE course offerings and has consistently earned high honors status. Also, he has been a member of the bike team, Bike Club and Ski Club, and is a founding member of Berlin High’s new Ultimate Frisbee program.

Mongillo is considering pursuing an engineering degree or, more likely, attending trade school.

Jameson Urrunaga

Urrunaga has excelled in a rigorous academic program, enrolling in many Advanced Placement and UConn ECE courses while attending both Berlin High and the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts. He has earned high honors status and received the President’s Award for Educational Excellence.

Urrunaga is a member of the Boy Scouts of America Troop 441 and has held several leadership positions with the group, including Senior Patrol Leader. He is currently pursuing the rank of Eagle Scout. Also, he has been involved in Berlin High’s Upbeat program.

Urrunaga plans to pursue a degree in teaching or political science.


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