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October 21st, 2010
AP scholars named at San Marcos High School

101810APStudentsSan Marcos High School’s AP Scholars 2010, left to right: Kaitlin Burroughs, Nathan Stone, Shelby Hebert, Victoria Snyder, Brittany Howard, Bryan Perez, Logan Nicks. Tariq Sanborn is not pictured. Photos by Iris Campbell.

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Forty students of San Marcos High School (SMHS) earned College Board Advanced Placement (AP) Scholar Awards in recognition of their performances on AP exams. In addition, two students were named National Hispanic Scholars and one was named a Commended Student in the National Merit Scholarship Program.

The  College Board has several different levels of achievement based on performance the AP exams. At SMHS, five students, all 2010 graduates, qualified for the AP National Scholar Award by earning an average score of four or higher, on a five point scale, on all the exams taken. The students included Henry Finch, Weston Hearne, Thomas Moore, Irene Morse and Connor Wilson.

One current senior at SMHS, Parisa Tajalli, and six 2010 graduates qualified for the AP Scholar of Distinction Award by earning at least a score of 3.5 on all AP exams taken. The 2010 graduates who earned the title include Henry Finch, Weston Hearne, Kelly Mathis, Thomas Moore, Irene Morse and Connor Wilson.

Two current SMHS students, seniors Kelsie Singleton and Marcus Cruz, qualified for the AP Scholar with Honor Award by  earning an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP exams and at least a three or higher on all exams taken. Additionally, three 2010 graduates, Gregory Byrne, Julie Munoz and Benjamin Posey, achieved the title.

Eight SMHS seniors qualified for the AP Scholar Award by completing three or more AP exams with a score of 3 or higher. The seniors include Kaitlin Burroughs, Shelby Hebert, Brittany Howard, Logan Nicks, Bryan Perez, Tariq Sanborn, Victoria Snyder and Nathan Stone. An additional 15 2010 graduates also received the honor including Edward Davila, Andres Diocares, Lauren Engling, Selene Escalante, Madison Gribbon, Terry House, Benjamin Painton, Monica Reyes-Ibarra,  Logan Smith, Fernando Soto, Kristine Staggs, Mariel Swinney, Andres Urrutia, Cameron Valentia, and Oliva Ybarra.

The AP program provides academically prepared students with opportunities to take college-level courses while still in high school to earn college credit, advanced placement or both with their successful performance on AP exams.

Seniors Marcus Cruz and Myles Ehrlich have been named National Hispanic Scholars by the College Board’s National Hispanic Recognition Program (NHRP). The NHRP identifies outstanding Hispanic/Latino students. This year the organization recognized 5,000 students from a pool of 200,000.  The list of recognized students are sent to subscribing four-year post-secondary education institutions in October of each year.

Cruz also earned the rank of “Commended Student” in the 2011 National Merit Scholarship Program. While the score will not allow Cruz to compete in the 2011 competition  for a National Merit Scholarship, it does place him in the top 5 percent of the more than 1.5 million students who entered the competition by taking the 2009 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

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Senior Parisa Tajalli qualified for the AP Scholar of Distinction Award.

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Seniors Kelsie Singleton (right) and Marcus Cruz qualified for the AP Scholar with Honor Award.

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Seniors Marcus Cruz (left) and Myles Ehrlich were named National Hispanic Scholars.

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Senior Marcus Cruz also earned “Commended Student” in the 2011 National Merit Scholarship Program.

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