SAISD AP Scholars Announced

September 21, 2009

31 San Angelo ISD students have earned the designation of AP Scholar by the College Board in recognition of their exceptional achievement on the college-level Advanced Placement Program (AP) exams, according to Terrie Phillips, SAISD Advanced Academic Specialist.

The College Board's Advanced Placement Program offers students the opportunity to take challenging college-level courses will still in high school, and to receive college credit, advanced placement, or both for successful performance on the AP Exams. About 18 percent of the more than 1.4 million high school students in more than 16,000 secondary schools worldwide who took AP Exams performed at a sufficiently high level to merit the recognition of AP Scholar.

Students took AP Exams in May 2009 after completing challenging college-level courses at their high schools. The College Board recognizes several levels of achievement based on students' performance on AP Exams.

5 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 Shelby Childress, Kent Fischer, Daniel Gonzales, Connor McKeel, and Brittney Welchon.

7 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 Kevin Barr, Nicole Findlay, Matthew Groth, Katherine Hasson, Andrea Maciejewski, Morrissey Pickles, and Elizabeth Zetzman.

19 students qualified for the AP Scholar Award by completing three or more AP Exams, with grades of 3 or higher. The AP Scholars are Rachel Alvord, Sarah Caroline Billings, Jonathan Buck, Ryan Chadwick, John Cook, Allison Delacruz, Elizabeth Ellery, Caroline Gates, Chelsea Green, William Guffey, Caitlin Hodges, Matthew Horn, Tonya Howard, Pierce Huchton, Candace Longoria, Noah Lazada, Andrew Taylor, Brittany Williams, Elizabeth Zetzman, and Mary Zinnikas.

Of this year's award recipients, 8 were juniors at the time of testing: Rachel Alvord, Kevin Barr, Sarah Billings, Chelsea Green, Matthew Horn, Pierce Huchton, and Mary Zinnikas. These students have another year in which to complete college-level work and possibly earn a higher AP Scholar Award.

SAISD offers a variety of Advanced Placement classes. Through these 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 faculty at some of the nation's leading liberal arts and research institutions. AP is accepted by more than 3,600 colleges and universities worldwide. This includes more than 90 percent of four-year institutions in the United States. 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.