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November 14th, 2008
San Marcos High School AP Scholars Announced

A total of 34 San Marcos High School students have earned AP Scholar Awards in recognition of their exceptional achievement on the AP Exams. Twenty-three students were May 2008 graduates, and 11 are current seniors. 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 1.6 million students worldwide who took AP Exams performed at a sufficiently high level to also earn an AP Scholar Award. The College Board recognized several levels of achievement based on students’ performance on AP Exams.

One student-Kathryn Dix – 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.

Cameron Dennis 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 examinations.

Nine SMHS seniors qualified for the AP Scholar Award by completing three or more AP Exams with grades of 3 or higher. These students are: Kaitlin Davis, Greg de la Iglesia, Kaarin Gerber, Paul Hill, Thomas Huston, Marianela Oviedo-Moreno, Jessie Plotts, Samantha Reynolds, and Sarah Williams.

Through 37 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 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. 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 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 May 2008 SMHS graduates who received recognition were: AP National Scholar David Fisher, AP Scholars with Distinction David Fisher and Coriana McDonald, AP Scholar with Honor Chase Baker, and AP Scholars Shawn Ahmad, Ryan Albright, Andre Gibson, Syliva Harwell, Jennifer Higgins, Ashley Marshall, Milam Miller, Katie Moore, Amanda Motomochi, Mario Perez, Hanna Sanborn, Caleb Stone, Jacqleen Talkington, Clinton Taylor, Jessica Villarreal, Ann Werner, Steffan Williams, Kelly Wilson, and Heather Yancey.

by Iris Campbell
San Marcos CISD

From left to right are: Jessie Plotts, Sarah Williams, Kaitlin Davis, Cameron Dennis, Samantha Reynolds, Thomas Huston, Marianela Oviedo-Moreno, Paul Hill, Kaarin Gerber, Greg de la Iglesia. Seated is Kathryn Dix. Photo by: Iris Campbell

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