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Truman Student Receives National Award from College Board

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Raqeeb Somoye and Stacy Couillard. Credit: BTSD

Harry S. Truman High School seniors Stacy Couillard and Raqeeb Somoye earned degrees from the College Board National Recognition Program. They were awarded the National African American Recognition Award (NAARA) for their outstanding performance in the PSAT.

The College Board’s National Recognition Programs award underrepresented students with academic honors that can be included in college and scholarship applications, connect students to colleges nationwide, connect them to colleges in a meaningful way, Helping you stand out during the admissions process. The College and Scholarship Program identifies National African American, Hispanic, Native American and/or Rural/Small Town accredited students through the College Board’s student locator service.

“Winning this award means a lot to me. It’s great to see my hard work pay off,” Somoye said.


“I am honestly surprised to receive this award. “Additionally, knowing that my efforts are being appreciated gives me confidence in my future and hopefully I can help others achieve the same.”

Couillard and Somoye were eligible for this award because they had a GPA of 3.5 or better and excelled on the PSAT.

“Taking the advanced course allowed me to face a range of issues,” says Couillard. “Additional teacher support and assistance was also very helpful in understanding the topic better.”

Somoye also appreciates the support of Truman’s teachers.

“I had a lot of great teachers, like Mr. Miralchi and Mrs. Kramer, who helped me prepare for the PSAT,” he said.


Somoye will run the track for Truman and continue this passion into the future.


“I plan to run track in college and believe all my other goals come with that,” he said.

An athlete, Couillard is the captain of the national field hockey team and a state wrestling placer. She is a member of her National Honors Society and started the Women in Engineering and Allies Club.

“After I graduate, I hope to get into one of my dream schools, where I can major in kinesiology or mathematics, or even get in as two majors. “My advice to my students is that small progress every day can lead to big results.”

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