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East Orange STEM Academy Students: Persevere, Excel, ACHIEVE; High Honors From National College Board

East Orange

By: Richard L. Smith 

East Orange STEM Academy students have earned academic honors from the College Board National Recognition Programs.

East Orange School officials told RLS Media that these National Recognition Programs grant underrepresented students academic honors that can be included on college and scholarship applications and connect students with universities across the country, helping them meaningfully connect to colleges and stand out during the admissions process.



Colleges and scholarship programs identify students awarded National African American, Hispanic, Indigenous and/or Rural/Small Town Recognition through College Board’s Student Search Service.

According to East orange School officials, the following students are to be commended for their excellent academic achievements:

  • Je'vanni Napoleon: NAARA 
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  • Elijah Hill: NAARA 

  • Joshua Simon: NAARA 

  • Michaelle Saint-jean: NAARA 

  • Deborah Mcdougall: NAARA 
  • Joshua Roberts: NAARA 

  • Guivenchiali Saint Jean: NAARA 
  • Tristan Duncan: NAARA 

“We’re thrilled that our students have earned this recognition. We are very proud of them for their achievements in their classrooms and on College Board assessments,” said Dr. Vincent L. Stallings, Principal of East Orange STEM Academy.


“These programs help students from underrepresented backgrounds stand out to colleges during admissions.”

Students who may be eligible have a GPA of 3.5 or higher and have excelled on the PSAT/NMSQT or PSAT 10, or earned a score of 3 or higher on two or more AP Exams; and are African American or Black, Hispanic American or Latinx, Indigenous, and/or attend school in a rural area or small town. 

East Orange students excelled in College Board assessments and schoolwork to earn these awards, which colleges use to identify academically competitive underrepresented students -East Orange School District 


Eligible students will be invited to apply during their sophomore or junior year and be awarded at the beginning of the next school year. Students will receive their awards in time to include them in their college and scholarship applications.

Tristan Duncan, a senior, said, I am grateful that my academic efforts have been recognized; however, my work isn’t done and I will continue to be diligent in my efforts.”

“We want to honor the hard work of these students through the College Board National Recognition Programs.

This program creates a way for colleges and scholarship programs to connect directly with underrepresented students who they are hoping to reach,” said Tarlin Ray, College Board senior vice president of BigFuture.

“We hope the award winners and their families celebrate this prestigious honor and it helps them plan for their big future.”