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2012 Advanced Placement (AP) Scholars

Fifty eight students at Mount Si High School have earned 2012 Advanced Placement (AP) Scholar Awards in recognition of their exceptional achievement on AP Exams they took last spring. (This is an increase from 29 AP Scholars recognized last year!)

The College Board's national Advanced Placement Program® (AP) provides willing and academically prepared students with the opportunity to take rigorous college-level courses while still in high school. Students with successful performance on AP Exams may earn college credit, qualify for advanced placement in college, and/or stand out in the college admissions process.

Success on an AP Exam is defined as a score of 3 or higher (on a scale of 1-5 with 5 being the highest possible score.) Research consistently shows that students who score a 3 or higher on AP Exams typically experience academic success in college and have a higher college graduation rate than students who do not participate in AP in high school.

Results of AP Exams taken the spring of 2012:

  • Mount Si High School 2012 AP students with scores 3+     80.1%
  • Washington State 2012 AP students with scores 3+         62.8%
  • National 2012 AP students with scores 3+                       60.2%

The College Board recognizes several levels of AP Scholar achievement based on students' high performance on multiple AP Exams in one year.

Congratulations to the following Mount Si High School students whose impressive performance and fortitude on numerous AP Exams last spring have earned each AP Scholar Awards (listed below in ascending order of difficulty):

  • 2012 AP Scholar Awards were granted to 26 Mount Si students who received scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP exams. AP Scholars include: Eden Altwies, Delaney Aydel, Alex Censullo, Daniele Curley, Heidi DeHart, Joshua Hamann, Rhett Haney, Janna Haskin, Rachel Hayford, Rachel Hong, Andrew Kim, Carmen Kroschel, Erin Lamos, Molly Mabel, Van Magnan, Shannon McEldowney, Erik Meister, Sierra Morin, Lucy Murdoch, Mari Patis, Alex Pease, Lydia Pinkley, Lexie Read, Lynell Solene, Courtney Wilhelm and Emma Wright.
  • 2012 AP Scholar with Honor Awards are granted to student who earn 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. Fifteen MSHS students earned this level of achievement: Jessica Adams, Molly Boord, Brynn Davis, Madeline Gill, Jennifer Green, Maria Kajercline, Matthew Kawachi, Haley McColgan, Maura Murphy, Sam Omalie, Emily Pemberton, Kyle Seymour, Ryan Sharon, Kayla Tostevin and Megan Wachtendonk.
  • 2012 AP Scholar with Distinction Awards recognize students who earned 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. The 17 Mount Si students include: Shannon Barnhart, Chace Carlson, Brian Copeland, Molly Cordell, Landon Edwards, Riley Edwards, Gillian Goodwin, Azhar Khandekar, Jeremy Knight, Margaret Krivanec, John Marshall, Sally Miller, Robert Rollins, Syed Abbas Tahirzadeh, Ben Wheeler, Taylor Wiles and Alena Wooldridge.
  • In addition, Alena Wooldridge has also qualified as a 2012 National AP Scholar, earning one of the highest distinctions in this program. This is granted to students in the United States who received an average score of 4 or more on all AP exams taken, AND scored 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams last year. Wow!

The College Board recently reported that in May 2012 Mount Si High School had 266 total students take AP Exams and that a total of 402 AP Exams in 13 subject areas were taken by these 266 students. This school year, Mount Si High School is offering 17 AP college-level courses that cover a broad range of academic disciplines, and an enrollment of 728 seats are being filled in AP classes by MSHS students. (Many students take multiple AP course in the same year, as recognized above.)

Advanced Placement courses offered at MSHS this year include: AP Biology, AP Calculus (AB and BC sections), AP Chemistry, AP Computer Science, AP English Language, AP English Literature, AP Environmental Science, AP European History, AP Government and Politics, AP Physics (B and C), AP Spanish Language, AP Statistics, AP Studio Art (2D and 3D), AP US History, and AP World History. In addition, Mount Si students have access to seven other AP subjects online through our accredited Snoqualmie Valley Virtual Academy: AP Art History, AP French Language, AP English Language & Composition, AP Macroeconomics, AP Microeconomics, AP Psychology, and AP US Government.

"We are extremely proud of the achievements of these AP Scholar students who are among the top-performing students in the nation based on their 2012 exam scores," stated Mount Si High School principal John Belcher. "Mount Si students are encouraged to pursue academically rigorous subjects that will help prepare them for a successful college experience and the school continues to expand the breadth of AP courses we offer, in response to student's growing interests. This year for example we added AP Statistics, AP Physics and AP Computer Science classes. Whether in our classrooms or online via our Snoqualmie Valley Virtual Academy, it's exciting to see that hundreds of Mount Si students are rising to the challenge that AP courses offer and passing at much higher rates than state and national standards."

Celebrating Continuous Improvement...

For the past two years running, the Snoqualmie Valley School District has been honored by the College Board with a place on its national AP® Achievement List. Last year SVSD was one of only four school districts in Washinigton State to earn this a second year in a row. This award recognizes schools and districts for expanding Advanced Placement (AP) opportunities to a significantly broader pool of students, while at the same time, maintaining or improving student performance on AP exams. The national College Board has not yet released its AP Achievement List for this year which will incorporate the 2012 exam participation and performance data.

For more information about the College Board and its Advanced Placement Program visit: http://apcentral.collegeboard.com.