GUHSD Boasts 121 AP Scholars

GUHSD Boasts 121 AP Scholars
September 2010 - PRESS RELEASE: A total of 121 students from the graduating class of 2010 across the district have earned AP Scholar Awards in recognition of their exceptional achievement on AP Exams.

The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program® (AP®) provides motivated and academically prepared students with the opportunity to take rigorous college-level courses while still in high school, and to earn college credit, advanced placement, or both for successful performance on the AP Exams. About 18 percent of the nearly 1.7 million students worldwide who took AP Exams performed at a sufficiently high level to also earn an AP Scholar Award.

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

In the district, 23 students qualified for the AP Scholar with Distinction Award by earning an average grade of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and grades of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams. Of these students, three have also been recognized as National Scholars by averaging grades of at least 4 on all AP Exams taken, and grades of 4 or higher on five or more exams.

The following students achieved the AP Scholar with Distinction Award. National Scholars are denoted with an asterisk (*). From Cortez: Joseph Garbett and Alexa Kirkpatrick; from Glendale: Joseph Sweeney; from Independence: Carmen Lee; from Moon Valley: Tatum Banayat and Tania Chairez; from Sunnyslope: Rebecca Barton, Madeline Celley, Bethany Jeffress, Haley Lowrance, Charles Mothershead, David Pilch*, and Andrew Sapozink; from Thunderbird: Michael Baranowski, Hanna Corrigan, Sophia Curran, Christine Foshee, Kathryn Gonzales, Karun Kiani*, John Replogle*, James Strohmeyer, Maxon Wingert, and Anna Wisman.

Additionally, 16 qualified for the AP Scholar with Honor Award by earning an average grade of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and grades of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams.

The following students earned the AP Scholar with Honor Award. From Glendale: Kelsey Reynolds and Zachary Hailey; from Greenway: Kyran Alexander, Julie Cheung, Aaron Stockwell, and Samantha Trumble; from Moon Valley: Lynsie Hammond and Daniel Navarro; from Sunnyslope: Francesca Caputa, Jared Celniker, and Ariel O'Shields; from Thunderbird: Devereux Fortuna, Gavin Glatting, and Duy Luu; and from Washington: Tracey Dow and Jace Goodmiller.

Finally, 82 students qualified for the AP Scholar Award by completing three or more AP Exams with grades of 3 or higher. 

The following students received the AP Scholar Award. From Apollo: Issac Garnica, Justin Hack, Malik Mays, Sandra Ramirez-Amaya, and Laura Veleta; from Cortez: Samantha Chapin, Maria Chappell, Joshuah Contreras, Raven Graeve, Emela Kantic, Jesus Perez, and Ross Richards; from Glendale: Dario Alvarez, Alexandru Buzata, Veanette Juarez, Alexander Morgan, Sara Patterson, and Stephanie Rodriguez; from Greenway: Zachary Abarca, Zachary Barton, Daniel Briscoe, Frank Desjardins, Jennifer Manzur, Katie Pham, Samantha Reynolds, Haley Sheahan, and Derek Szulala; from Independence: Chelsea Goff; from Moon Valley: Cord Deal, Alyssa Howard, Matthew Howard, Jonathan Iversen, Anela Perviz, Jamie Strand, and Kayla West; from Sunnyslope: Stephen Clarke, Kendra Garcia, MaryAnn Keyser, Edward McDugald, Amy Nipp, Jordan Ryan, Tracey Tang, Alec Thimsen, David Tramutolo, and Nathan West; from Thunderbird: Durna Alakbarova, Timothy Bailes, John Banks, Samantha Billings, Timothy Bond, Julia Cambron, Kirby Carlson, Connor Christiansen, Lionel Crafts, Bethany Farah, Brielle Giesemann, Thomas Gruetzemacher, Cyanna Hicks, Jamie Krauss, Melisa Mendoza, Jeffrey Miller, Ensar Pasic, Andrew Pellistri, Jayna Schmitt, Nicholas Schmitzer, Taylor Sloan, Michelle Son, Brandon Starkweather, Macy Valdez, and Janelle Wilke; from Washington: Oscar Diaz, Ronaldo Elizalde, Erin Fennemore, Alexander Holberg, Laurel Kuipers, Abigail Lopez-Garcia, Lauren Meese, Evelyn Miranda, Roberto Renteria, Joanna Ulrich, Julianne Wood, and Jesus Yanez-Reyes.

Through more than 30 different college-level courses and exams, AP provides motivated and academically prepared students with the opportunity to earn college credit or advanced placement and stand out in the college admissions process. Each exam is developed by a committee of college and university faculty and AP teachers, ensuring that AP exams are aligned with the same high standards expected by college faculty at some of the nation’s leading liberal arts and research institutions. More than 3,600 colleges and universities annually receive AP grades. Over 90 percent of four-year colleges in the United States provide credit and/or placement for qualifying exam grades. Research consistently shows that AP students who score a 3 or higher on AP Exams (based on a scale from 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest) typically experience greater academic success in college and higher graduation rates than students who do not participate in AP.

The College Board is a not-for-profit membership organization whose mission is to connect students to college success and opportunity. Founded in 1900, the association is composed of more than 5,600 schools, colleges, universities, and other educational organizations. Each year, the College Board serves seven million students and their parents, 23,000 high schools, and 3,800 colleges through major programs and services in college readiness, college admissions, guidance, assessment, financial aid, enrollment, and teaching and learning. Among its best-known programs are the SAT®, the PSAT/NMSQT®, and the Advanced Placement Program® (AP®). The College Board is committed to the principles of excellence and equity, and that commitment is embodied in all of its programs, services, activities, and concerns.