All Saints Episcopal School is proud to announce that a member of its 2020 graduating class is receiving honors by the College Board’s National Hispanic Scholar Recognition Program for her exceptional academic promise demonstrated by her outstanding performance on the qualifying 2019 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).
Senior Stephanie Hasselkus was named by the College Board as a Scholar in their National Hispanic Recognition Program (NHRP) in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program along with 7,000 academically outstanding Hispanic/Latino high school juniors who took the PSAT/NMSQT® their junior year. In order to be eligible, students must be at least one-quarter Hispanic. Each year NHRP identifies approximately 7,000 of the highest-scoring students from a nationwide total of 250,000 high school juniors who took the PSAT/NMSQT and designated themselves as Hispanic. The nationwide selection also includes students from Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, and U.S. citizens attending international and APO schools.
“As Stephanie shows time and time again in the classroom and on the volleyball court, the mix of talent and work ethic yields exceptional results,” All Saints Headmaster Bruce Latta said. “She is an insightful scholar, a terrific representative of All Saints, and we are proud of her accomplishments. Stephanie has a bright future ahead of her, and I think National Merit recognition is only the beginning of greater things to come.”
As a member of the 17 member Class of 2020 and All Saint’s fifth graduating class, Hasselkus is a member of the elite club of All Saints High School students to earn Scholar status by the College Board in the school’s short eight-year history. All Saints 2019 graduate Conrad Small was named as a 2019 Commended Scholar. In 2018, All Saints had three students recognized: 2018 graduates Natalie Chaudhuri and Colten Cannon were named 2018 National Merit Finalists while Colten was also named National Hispanic Scholar. 2018 graduate Sarah Going was named as a 2018 Commended Scholar. These All Saints students scored among the highest Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) scores in Texas.
“Stephanie is a well-rounded student at All Saints who contributes greatly to our school academically and through her participation in athletics, mock trial and as a student council leader,” All Saints High School Division Head said. “It takes a very determined and driven student such as Stephanie to work diligently from her early academic years on up through high school to accomplish such a significant honor. This accolade is also a direct reflection of a faculty that is dedicated to the success of our students and well versed in the academic rigor needed for students to excel at this high level. Mr. and Mrs. Hasselkus have also played an integral part in the academic success of their daughter by seeking out schools with high academic standards as they have moved from different states over the course of her years in school. Stephanie reflects many of the All Saints’ values through her engagement and commitment to continual learning and growth. We are fortunate to have the opportunity to have such a student as her at All Saints.”
Hasselkus is the Student Council Secretary as well as a member of the school’s National Honor Society, Chemistry Club, and Mock Trial Team. In addition, she competes on the school’s volleyball and track teams and has been a state finalist in both sports. Hasselkus is a recipient of numerous academic awards including the 2019 Phi Beta Kappa High School Excellence Award, AP Scholar Award in recognition of scoring a 3 or higher on three or more AP Exams, the Headmaster Honor Roll, and Student Scholar Awards in Comparative Government, Pre-Calculus, and Mock Trial. She also received the 2019 TAPPS Exceptional Achievement Award in the TAPPS State Spanish Competition and 2018 Exceptional Achievement Award in the TAPPS State Art Sculpture Competition. All Saints awarded her the Patriot Impact Award in 2018. Hasselkus volunteers for the Salvation Army, Lubbock HYPE and participates in the National Health Institute’s Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health (PATH) Study. She is considering attending Pepperdine University or San Diego State University University after she graduates. Hasselkus is undecided on her major but said she will most likely major in International Business. She is the daughter of Erick and Jacqueline Hasselkus. She enrolled in All Saints during the middle of her sophomore year after moving from Indiana.
“We are all thrilled that Stephanie has been recognized by The College Board as a Scholar in their National Hispanic Recognition Program. Stephanie is a remarkable young woman who is so very deserving of this honor. Stephanie is intellectually gifted, possesses an exceptional work ethic, is intrinsically motivated and strives for success in all the activities which she undertakes,” All Saints Counselor Gwen Belk said. “Stephanie has a generous, caring spirit. She recognizes all the opportunities which All Saints has afforded her. Her love of learning, coupled with her worth ethic and dedication will continue to contribute to her future success. I can say, without a doubt, that Stephanie has been an absolute pleasure to work with and All Saints is pleased to play a small part in her success.”