Zinn Amos, Andrew Dau, and Isaac Sanchez Selected as College Board National Recognition Program awardees

Three Providence students were selected as College Board National Recognition Program awardees. They earned recognition for academic achievements in school combined with outstanding performance on the PSAT/NMSQT, PSAT 10, and/or AP Exams.

“They’ve accomplished these milestones during challenging times,” says Mr. Paul Houston, Principal of Providence Catholic High School. “We couldn’t be more delighted to share this exceptional news. Zinn, Andrew and Isaac are each academically talented in addition to being involved, caring members of the Providence family. We are very proud of their accomplishments.”

The Providence students are:

  • Zinn Amos: National African American Recognition Award
  • Andrew Dau: National African American Recognition Award
  • Isaac Sanchez: National Hispanic Recognition Award

The College Board’s National African American Recognition Program and National Hispanic Recognition Program are academic honors for academically exceptional African American and Hispanic students who have scored in the top 10 percent of the state on the PSAT or earned a score of 3 or higher on two or more AP exams by their junior year. To qualify, they must also have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher.

Isaac Sanchez is the son of Juan and Brooke Sanchez of Bolingbrook, Illinois. He is a graduate of St. Dominic Catholic School, and is a member of their parish. An honor roll student, Isaac is also a member of the National Honor Society and the Spanish National Honor Society. In addition, he serves as a host to students interested in shadowing at Providence, and is a Sacristan. As an athlete, he has competed on the soccer team all four years. “Providence has prepared me for college by providing me with countless resources and many amazing teachers to help me throughout my time here,” says Sanchez. “Providence has also helped to develop my understanding in countless areas and subjects and has given me the confidence to be able to thrive in college and succeed in life and my career.”

Andrew Dau is the son of Diane and William Dau of Bonfield, Illinois. A graduate of Reed-Custer Junior High and a member of Tri-Parish Catholic Communities, he is an honor roll student involved in Scholastic Bowl, Habitat for Humanity, Augustinian Youth Ministry, and the Math Team. He is also a member of the National Honor Society. As an athlete, he has competed on the Cross Country and Track and Field teams at Providence Catholic. His junior year, he earned Most Improved Player for both cross country and track and field. He also serves as the co-captain of the cross country team this year. He plans to study Electrical Engineering in college. “Classes at Providence changed the way I think and approach problems, so now I have a mindset that is much more prepared for the challenges of college courses,” says Dau. “The two courses that exemplified this the most are my Honors Physics and AP English Language and Composition my junior year. Physics moved beyond rote memorization of formulas and even beyond being told how aspects of the world work. With guidance, the class found for itself the rules of the universe. AP English Language and Composition- my favorite class I have ever taken- delved into the purposes of people. By the end of the class, I was subconsciously analyzing what people say. I am now a much more knowledgeable individual with purpose behind my actions.”

Zinn Amos is the son of Walter Amos and Karen Zinn-Amos. A graduate of Naperville Christian Academy, he is a member of many clubs and organizations at Providence including Student Council, Science Club, Math Team, and Scholastic Bowl. He serves as both a Student Ambassador and a Sacristan. In addition, he is an honor roll student and member of both the National Honor Society – for which he serves as President – and the French National Honor Society. Amos also founded the Medical Club his junior year at Providence. As an athlete, he is a member of the basketball and track and field teams. He plans to student Biomedical Engineering on a Pre-Med Track in college, and minor in Africana Studies. “Providence has prepared me for college by getting me accustomed to the workload I will experience and causing me to organize my time to balance all my extracurriculars well,” says Amos. “The teachers have taught me how to collaborate and work well with others, and helped me develop my problem-solving skills. All of these traits are essential to being a successful student in college.”


About Providence Catholic

Providence Catholic is a co-educational, college preparatory high school, based in the Augustinian tradition. It is located on 75 acres in New Lenox, Illinois. A dedicated and caring faculty and staff integrate the core Augustinian values of truth, unity and love into all dimensions of student life. A demanding curriculum, inclusive service programs, competitive athletics and comprehensive extracurricular offerings challenge students in a safe and nurturing environment. Our proven success is reflected in our most recent graduates who’ve earned scholarships valued at nearly $52 million dollars. In addition, Providence Catholic has 31 state championship titles: the most among private high schools in the state of Illinois. For more information about PCHS, please visit www.providencecatholic.org.




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Allie Rios
Director of Communications at Providence Catholic High School
(815) 717-3163

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