By Eric Stroupe
Thirty-four JSerra Catholic High School students earned Advanced Placement Scholar awards in recognition of their exceptional achievement on AP exams, including one who qualified for the highest honor – National AP Scholar.
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.
The College Board recognizes several levels of achievement based on students’ performance on AP Exams.
Among the accomplishments of JSerra students:
Last year’s co-valedictorian Lexi Crommett qualified for the National AP Scholar Award by earning an average grade of 4 or higher on a five-point scale on all AP Exams taken, and grades of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams. Crommett actually scored a 4 or better on all 10 exams she took over the last three years. Earlier this summer, she was also named the school’s first ever National Merit Scholar.
Six 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. These students are Lexi Crommett, Lauren Donahue, Jenna Jacobsen, Nicole Madro (Class of 2009’s other co-valedictorian), Max Muller, and Darcy Reinwald.
Seven students 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. These students are Norah Arafeh, Alexandra Bernstein, Michelle Chang, Gabby Jasper, Sara Nofeliyan, Jack Stropko, and Nicholas Stropko.
Twenty-one students qualified for the AP Scholar with Honor Award by completing three or more AP Exams with grades of 3 or higher. These students are Katherine Ames, Tyler Bolton, Royce Cabrera, Matt Clark, Cameron Cook, Nathan Crandall, Elizabeth Crawford, Trevor Cutler, Julie Draper, Joseph Famalette, Paul Ferrier, Nick Halliburton, Mary McCarthy, Christa Millard, Dylan Place, Michael Razzano, Emily Storms, Michael Sullivan, Jackson Tears, Kriztia Vela, and Pasha Zolfaghari.
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 admission process. Each exam is developed by a committee of college and university faculty and AP teachers, ensuring the 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 did 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 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.