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Kofa student earns College Board award

Florencio De La Torre Kofa High School student Florencio De La Torre was selected for the College Board National Hispanic Recognition program due to his outstanding performance on the PSAT, where his score landed him in the top 1 percent on the National Merit Scholarship.

“We are extremely proud of all you’ve accomplished and to honor you as part of the National Hispanic Recognition Program,” wrote David Coleman, the Chief Executive Officer for The College Board, the company that produces and scores the PSAT exam. “I celebrate your success and the brightness of all that’s ahead.”

The recognition includes a scholarship to help De La Torre attend the college of his choice. His goal is to study film at the University of Southern California, Arizona State University, University of California Los Angeles, or University of California Berkeley.

"Florencio is a model student at Kofa,” KHS counselor Denise Lopez said. “He truly represents all our Kings strive to be. He is an athlete, club participant, and true scholar."

In his four years at Kofa, the senior has been a member of Junior State of America (JSA), Academic Decathlon, and the Kofa basketball program. He’s a three-time “best speaker” award winner and two-time debate champion in JSA.

“Florencio is a great young man that I have been working for since his freshman year,” Kofa JSA advisor Marc Osborn said. “He is dedicated, supportive, responsible, and very knowledgeable. In regards to athletics, he may not be the best basketball player or the most athletic, but he is one of the best teammates. He never misses practice, and is one of our most coachable players. Additionally in JSA he was known for bringing in new members and helping them to feel comfortable and welcome in our club, especially members whose beliefs are in the minority. He is an eloquent speaker that mixes logic and humor into his debates and speeches.

According to their website, “The College Board National Recognition Programs grant students academic honors that can be included on college applications. Colleges use these honors to identify students from underrepresented groups who have excelled on their PSAT/NMSQT and in their classrooms.”

Eric Patten
epatten@yumaunion.org