A record-breaking 54 Hamilton High School students – 46 who graduated in 2010 and eight current students – earned designation as an AP Scholar by the College Board in recognition of their exceptional achievement on the college-level Advanced Placement (AP) Program Exams. The numbers are double the results from the previous school year.
The AP Program offers students the opportunity to take challenging college-level courses while still in high school, and to receive college credit, advanced placement or both for successful performance on the AP Exams. Hamilton High School currently offers AP courses in biology, chemistry, calculus AB/BC, English, government and politics, European history, statistics, U.S. history and studio art – drawing.
About 18 percent of the more than 1.7 million high school students worldwide who took AP Exams performed at a sufficiently high level to merit the recognition of AP Scholar. The College Board recognizes several levels of achievement based on student performance on AP exams that were taken in May 2010.
Eight 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 Shaye Adams, Katarina Braun, Kathryn Klein, Andrew Kristensen, Anthony Lee, Daniel Thompson, Rebecca Voss and Katelyn Youngblood.
Twelve 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: Michael Asmussen, Lisa Balestrieri, Danielle Barbian (current senior), Beiquan Cao, Kristin Fidler, Kelsey Gratz, Bryan Jerde, Andrew Kerber, Lauren Kivimaki, Dylan Talerico, Sarah Vowels and Amanda Wagner.
Another 34 students qualified for the AP Scholar Award by completing three or more AP Exams, with grades of 3 or higher. The AP Scholars are Robert Albrecht, Daniel Badalamente, Jasmine Badreddine (current senior), Erica Dawley, Sarah Driscoll (current senior), Amanda Ezell, Tyler Friedrich, Paul Glaser, Christine Hart, Jenna Harvestine, Christopher Herman, Lindsay James, Hanna Jensen (current senior), Mitchell Keim, Stephanie Kirchner, Matthew Kline, Stacy Kurutz, Danielle Lehman, Megan Lemay, Daniel Ludwig (current senior), Darren Lussow, Gabrielle Lyons, Emily Noack , Matthew Oleszczak (current senior), Matthew Otto, Chelsi Reilly, Brandon Schroeder, Ryan Snelgrove (current senior), Corie Spankowski, William Steiner, Margaret Stollberg, Heidi Umhoefer (current senior), Robert Weidenfeld and Hannah Wiesneski.
Most of the nation’s colleges and universities award credit, advanced placement or both based on successful performance on the AP Exams. More than 1,400 institutions award a full year’s credit (sophomore standing) to students presenting a sufficient number of qualifying grades.