Friday, September 13, 2013

National AP® Scholar Awards Program Recognizes 32 PTHS Students

Thirty-two students at Pine Tree High School have earned Advanced Placement (AP) Scholar Awards in recognition of their exceptional achievement on AP Exams.

The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program® (AP®) provides willing 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 22 percent of the 2.2 million students worldwide who took AP Exams performed at a sufficiently high level to also earn an AP Scholar Award. The College Board recognizes several levels of achievement based on students’ performance on AP Exams.

At Pine Tree High School:

One students qualified for the National AP Scholar Award by earning an average score of 4 or higher on a five-point scale on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams. This student is Elizabeth Jones.

Elizabeth is a PTHS graduate of 2013, and the daughter of Edward and Angela Jones. She is currently attending Texas A&M University, Commerce.   She is studying Environmental Sciences and Wildlife & Conservation Science (double major).
Elizabeth Jones, Class of 2013

“I'd like to take this opportunity to thank Pine Tree ISD for 17 great years,” said Elizabeth’s mother Angela. 

 “All 3 of my children have had such outstanding teachers and principals from K-12," she said. "I don't believe they could have achieved their successes without the support and encouragement of these wonderful individuals.”

Four students qualified for the AP Scholar with Distinction Award by earning an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams. These students are Darby Ball, Elizabeth Jones, Davin Sui, and Amanda Wallin.

Three students qualified for the AP Scholar with Honor Award by earning 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. These students are John Cravey, Rebecca Kirchhoff, and Brett Lucy.

Twenty-five students qualified for the AP Scholar Award by completing three or more AP Exams with scores of 3 or higher. The AP Scholars are Peter Ball, Chandler Chappell, Kaya Click, Nathan Comely, Mallory Green, Shelby Hart, Cheyenna Johnson, Kundanika Lakkadi, Tanner Latus, Sean Maples, John Mashke, Kyle McLean, Megan McNanney, Madison Meek, Mehul Nathubbai, Callie Nelson, Christina Nelson, Morghan Parker, James Phelps, Chace Rackley, Allison Steele, Lindsey Sutton, Sara Timmons, David Vasquez, and Jason Zhang.



Of this year’s award recipients at Pine Tree High School, 10 are juniors: Chandler Chappell, Kaya Click, Mallory Green, Kundanika Lakkadi, Christina Nelson, Allison Steele, John Cravey, Rebecca Kirchhoff, Brett Lucy, and Darby Ball. These students have one more year in which to complete college-level work and possibly earn a higher-level AP Scholar Award.

Pine Tree High School offers 16 AP courses in which students are provided the opportunity to earn college credit or advanced placement and stand out in the college admission process. In four of these 16 courses, Pine Tree students performed above the state average and in two of those courses (Chemistry and Calculus), they performed above the national average. Additionally, Pine Tree students performed above the global average in 3 of the courses (Chemistry, Calculus, and Biology).

“We are very proud of these students and their diligence to excel. We also applaud the outstanding instructors who teach these courses and guide our students with engaging opportunities to learn at Pine Tree High School,” said PTHS principal Cindy Gabehart.

The AP teachers include:

Bonnie Edmund, AP Math/Calculus,
Jenny Enriquez, AP Spanish 4,
Patricia Garner, AP English,
Mary Graham, AP Art and Art History,
Staci Henderson, AP Science/Biology,
Robin Herber, AP Social Studies/World and European History
Joe Kirchhoff, AP Science/Physics
Denise Lee, AP English,
Ashley Martell, AP Environmental Science
Ava Stevens, AP Chemistry, and
Cathy Williams, AP Social Studies/US History, Government and Economics.

Advanced Placement at PTHS


SUBJECT

ABOVE STATE

ABOVE NATIONAL

Biology
2011, 2012, 2013
2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
Calculus
2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
Chemistry
2013
2013
English Composition
2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
2009
English Literature & Composition
2009, 2010,2012
2009 2010
Environmental Science
2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
2009, 2010, 2011
Macroeconomics
2009, 2010, 2012
2009, 2010, 2012
Physics
2009

Spanish
2009, 2010, 2012
2009, 2010, 2012
Studio Art
2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
US Government & Politics
2009, 2012

US History
2013

World History
2012



Through 34 different college-level courses and exams, AP provides willing 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 that 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 3600 colleges and universities annually receive AP scores. Most four-year colleges in the United States provide credit and/or advanced placement for qualifying exam scores. 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 have higher college graduation rates than students who do not participate in AP.

The College Board is a mission-driven not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity. Founded in 1900, the College Board was created to expand access to higher education.

Today, the membership association is made up of over 6,000 of the world’s leading educational institutions and is dedicated to promoting excellence and equity in education. Each year, the College Board helps more than seven million students prepare for a successful transition to college through programs and services in college readiness and college success — including the SAT® and the Advanced Placement Program. The organization also serves the education community through research and advocacy on behalf of students, educators and schools.

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