NCSS an­nounces 54 AP Scholar Award re­cip­i­ents

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A chunk of lo­cal re­cent high school grad­u­ates and stu­dents re­ceived hon­ors for post­ing high scores on their AP exams.

New­ton County School Sys­tem an­nounced 54 stu­dents earned AP Scholar Awards in recog­ni­tion for their ex­cep­tional achieve­ment on the yearly Col­lege Board’s Ad­vanced Place­ment Pro­gram (AP) exams, which pro­vide will­ing and aca­dem­i­cally pre­pared stu­dents with the op­por­tu­nity to take rig­or­ous col­lege-level course while still in high school and to earn col­lege credit, ad­vanced place­ment or both for suc­cess­ful per­for­mance on the tests.

“Ad­vanced Place­ment course­work ex­poses high school stu­dents to rig­or­ous, col­le­giate-level course work,” said Shan­non Buff, NCSS di­rec­tor of sec­ondary schools. “I am very proud of the NCSS AP Schol­ars and their teach­ers for their hard work and ded­i­ca­tion.”

AP de­vel­ops each of its 34 col­lege-level cour­ses and exams through a com­mit­tee of col­lege and univer­sity fac­ulty and AP teach­ers, en­sur­ing the exams are aligned with the same high stan­dards ex­pected by col­lege fac­ulty at some of the na­tion’s lead­ing lib­eral arts and re­search in­sti­tu­tions, ac­cord­ing to an NCSS press re­lease. More than 3,800 col­leges and univer­si­ties an­nu­ally re­ceive AP scores. Most four-year col­leges in the coun­try pro­vide credit and/or ad­vanced place­ment for high enough scores.

AP stu­dents who score a 3 or higher on AP exams (based on a scale of 1-5, with 5 be­ing the high­est) typ­i­cally ex­pe­ri­ence greater aca­demic suc­cess in col­lege and have higher col­lege grad­u­a­tion rates than stu­dents who do not par­tic­i­pate in AP.

The Col­lege Board rec­og­nizes sev­eral lev­els of achieve­ment based on stu­dents’ per­for­mance on AP exams.

Na­tional AP Scholar Award

For the 2013-2014 school year, one NCSS stu­dent qual­i­fied for the Na­tional AP Scholar Award by earn­ing an av­er­age score of 4 or higher on all AP exams taken and a score of 4 or higher on eight or more on th­ese exams. Ben Bo­han­non, an East­side High School grad­u­ate from the Class of 2014, re­ceived this honor.

AP Scholar with Dis­tinc­tion Award

All stu­dents who re­ceived the AP Scholar with Dis­tinc­tion Award also grad­u­ated from East­side in 2014. Th­ese stu­dents scored an av­er­age of at least 3.5 on all exams and scores of 3 or higher on five or more exams.

AP Scholar with Dis­tinc­tion Award re­cip­i­ents were: Dakota Ar­ring­ton, Ben Bo­han­non, Tyler Dysart, Noah Fels­berg, Jack Mitchell, Quin Murphy, Jasper Narvil, Sa­muel Ste­wart, Kimberly Stier, Sa­man­tha Thomp­son and Kol­yse Wagstaff.

AP Scholar with Honor Award

NCSS had 11 stu­dents qual­ify for the AP Scholar of Honor Award by earn­ing an av­er­age score of at least 3.25 on all exams taken and scores of 3 or higher on four or more exams.

Al­covy High School’s AP Scholar with Honor Award re­cip­i­ent was Emily Bryans, Class of 2014.

East­side’s re­cip­i­ents were Faith Bartello and Sonam De­sai from the Class of 2014 and Kyle Castle­berry, Anna Davis, Evan House, Ha­vana Knep­per, Carly Travis and Alex Tur­cotte from the Class of 2015.

New­ton High School’s re­cip­i­ents were Kaitlyn Smith from the Class of 2014 and Ian Cole from the Class of 2015.

AP Scholar Award

The AP Scholar Award was given to 31 NCSS stu­dents, who all com­pleted three or more AP exams with scores of 3 or higher.

Al­covy’s re­cip­i­ents were Justin Adams, Maya Brooks, An­fer­nee Cruz, Ash­ton Ste­wart and Vic­to­ria Ward­low from the Class of 2014 and Kee­gan Brothers and De­mon­tar­ius Tol­bert from the Class of 2015.

East­side’s re­cip­i­ents were Han­nah Gravitt, Kyle Had­away, Noelle Holder, Kris­ten Huff­man, Emily Lar­ri­more, Shivam Pa­tel, Michael Pope, Sam Potts and Jesse Rainey from the Class of 2014 and Tyler Banks, Zach Cham­bers, Al­lie Coberth, Mykia Ed­wards, Kay­lah Kennedy, Gar­rett Nix, Ni­cholas Tedrow, Cassie Warthen and Kier­sten Wil­liams from the Class of 2015.

New­ton’s re­cip­i­ents were An­to­nio Al­varez, Amanda Flake, Kyana Mor­ris, Vi­taliy Se­menikhin, Chloe Simp­son and Richelle St. Louis from the Class of 2014 and Craig Thomas and Brittany Webb from the Class of 2015.

Those stu­dents cur­rently en­rolled in high school have this school year to com­plete ad­di­tional col­lege-level work and pos­si­bly earn a higher-level AP Scholar Award.

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