Science Hill students earn AP Scholar Awards as program continues to grow


Science Hill continues to grow their advanced placement course offerings and data received over the summer provided them with confidence that they are on the right path.

AP notified Science Hill that they had 90 students that were recognized with AP Scholar Awards. The AP Scholar Awards recognize high school students who have demonstrated outstanding college-level achievement through their performance on AP Exams.  

“We are very proud of these students that display some of the best scholars that walk through the halls at Science Hill,” Science Hill principal Todd Barnett said. “These students – and their teachers – work exceptionally hard to achieve this level of success. I am glad they are being honored by the AP program and even more proud to call them Toppers.”

For the AP test Results for 2017-2018, almost 66 percent of students that took an AP test scored a 3 or better, compared to a state average of 56 percent and a national average of 58 percent. Just over 15 percent of Science Hill students who took an AP test scored a 5, compared to the state average of 11 percent and national average of 13 percent.

“The vision of SHHS is, ‘Excellence. Empowerment. Everyone. Everyday.’ Through Advanced Placement course offerings, students have access to a broad range of resources, experiences, and information in order to be adequately prepared for a rapidly changing global economy,” Barnett said. “AP is only one piece of what SHHS offers for students. The variety of offerings in CCTE, fine arts, JROTC, and wellness provides our students with the opportunity to have voice and choice in the ownership and responsibility for their own learning. Students have opportunities to seek out curricular offerings that not only met their interests but also challenge them to be their personal best.”

Science Hill experienced a large jump in AP enrollment from the 2017-2018 to 2018-2019 school years. In that time, Science Hill added six AP classes – including Human Geography, Latin, Psychology, Seminar, Spanish and Statistics – which helped increase their AP enrollment from 717 to 1,236.

That number could continue to grow as Science Hill is planning to add three new AP classes in 2019-2020 and four new AP classes in 2020-2021, to bring the total to 27 AP courses offered.

“Whether a student is striving to attain an AP Capstone Diploma or a student is interested in a specific topic of study (such as science), there are many options to consider as students plan course selections for an academic year,” Science Hill assistant principal Dr. Carmen Bryant said. “One of the best ways to work AP courses into a schedule is to take AP courses that fulfill graduation requirements, too.

“At Science Hill, we encourage students to talk with family, teachers, and counselors to help make the best choices of AP courses to meet their future goals. Any student at any grade may take an AP course if he/she is motivated to do so.”

Below are the names of the 90 scholars that were recognized by the AP Program.

49 AP Scholars - Granted to students who receive scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP exams.

Science Hill students Tarek A. Atyia, Miranda E. Black, Michelle E. Bravender, Hunter B. Brown, Jacob T. Clemons, Kaitlin Q. Cochran, Erica S. Combs, Calen C. Cummings, Liam B. Dahlbergm, William E. Deford, Riley I. Klucher, Kristin P. Kudialis, Kemo J. Lenaud, Isaac J. Luzadder, Anna B. Malone, Rebecca A. Miller, Sarah E. Miller, Suhyeon Park, Julia H. Parr, Madison R. Peret, Victor S. Popescu, Lillian Qin, Gary D. Rice, Jeffrey M. Richards, Jenny M. Simonsen, Judah T. Smith, Luke E. Story, Austin D. Suttman, Shelbie S. Tester, David J. Thomas,  Elizabeth N. Treece, Caileigh D. Vaughn and Dylan A. Zelasko earned the honor.

12 AP Scholar with Honor - Granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams.

Science Hill students Abraham O. Adams, Caroline A. Arze, Adrianna E. Leicht, James G. Macariola, Akshat A. Madhok, Christopher S. Morton, Emma G. Ornduff, Aysha D. Patel, Hendrix Price, Sarah R. Taylor, Hannah D. Thigpen and Devin P. Wilkinson earned the honor.

29 AP Scholar with Distinction – Granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and scores 3 or higher on five or more of these exams.

Science Hill student’s Justin M. Brueggeman, Justin M. Canfield, David M. DeRegis, Amanda H. Gardner, Molly Hance, Gabriel Isaac, Rachel M. Killian, Emma E. Lampson, Jimmy Y. Liu, Taylor E. Maupin, Joshua W. Miller, Jiachen Mo, Allison A. Murray, Coleman S. Numbers S, Madeline R. Payne, Franklin Pezzuti Dyer, Thao T. Pham, Joseph M. Porter, Quinnivan K. Raudat, Darien A. Roach, Julianna G. Simpson, Allison W. Taylor, Mariah A. Taylor, Zeyun Wang, Clay Wheeler, Isaac G. Wright and Yaser B. Zaatini earned the honor.

4 National Ap Scholars - Granted to students in the United States who receive an average score of at least 4 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams.

Science Hill student’s Justin M. Canfield, Joseph M. Porter, Zeyun Wang and Yaser B. Zaatini earned the honor.

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