Stony Point High School senior Briana Cuero earned a silver medal at the 2017 Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) held this month at the University of Texas at Arlington.

Out of the 10,000 applications submitted nationwide, Briana was one of 160 selected for the award, which honors Latino high school seniors who excel in the classroom and community and for their focus in various categories including: Business and Entrepreneurship, Community Service, Education, Healthcare and Science,  Media and Entertainment and STEM.

The Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards have been presented to students for nearly two decades. To qualify as a recipient, students must have an average GPA of 3.5 or higher, act as role models to inspire others and shatter negative stereotypes.

“Briana continues to shine as an extraordinary student and person,” Stony Point Principal Anthony Watson said. “We are proud of her achievements and her personification of excellence both inside and outside of the classroom. She is a standout representative of her family, school and community.”

This isn’t the first recognition for Briana. This past summer she was  selected for the prestigious Student Enhancement in Earth and Space Science (SEES) summer internship as The University of Texas at Austin’s Center for Space Research.

This nationally competitive program was sponsored by NASA’s Texas Space Grant Consortium and selects students who have a vested interest in engineering and are interested in increasing their knowledge of science, technology, engineering and math through space education. Over 600 students applied for the coveted 40 internship positions.