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2015 AP Scholars from Mount Si High School

Congratulations to 125 Mount Si High School students who have earned 2015 Advanced Placement (AP) Scholar Awards in recognition of their exceptional achievement on multiple AP Exams they took last spring.

AP participation and performance from Mount Si students continues to climb each year! In recent years, 29 distinguished students were recognized as AP Scholars in 2011, followed by 58 AP Scholars named in 2012, 100 students honored in 2013, 112 students awarded in 2014, leading up to 125 AP scholars named in 2015.

The College Board’s national Advanced Placement Program® (AP) provides 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 the 2015 AP Exams taken last spring:
  • Mount Si High School 2015 AP students with scores 3+      80.0%
  • Washington State 2015 AP students with scores 3+               61.0%
  • National 2015 AP students with scores 3+                           57.5%
The College Board reported that in May of 2015 a total of 451 Mount Si High School students took a total of 719 AP Exams! (In 2014, 446 MSHS students took 737 AP Exams. In 2013, 361 MSHS students took a total of 604 AP Exams. In 2012, 266 Mount Si students took 402 AP Exams.)

The College Board recognizes several levels of AP Scholar achievement based on students’ high performance on multiple AP Exams. We congratulate the following Mount Si High School students whose impressive performance last spring and fortitude on numerous AP Exams have earned AP Scholar recognition:

2015 AP Scholar awards were awarded to 60 Mount Si High School students this year, who earned scores of 3 or higher on THREE or more AP exams. AP Scholars include: Nicholas Ashton, Bianca Backman, Allison Barry, Abigail Bateman, Brianna Bilotta, Madison Brown, Samuel Burrows, Dylan Cannon, Autumn Capper, Steve Chang, Gretchen Chase, Ana Constantin, Ioan Constantin, Cody Copitzky, Austin Craig, Thomas Crozier, Hannah Curd, Elizabeth Dowling, Mykaela Gardner, Jackson Gillard, Emilia Glaser, Canara Heinke, Griffon Higgins, Sean Hoeger, Melissa Hruska, Karlie Hurley, Samantha Inman, Dylan Johnson, Hayden Kajercline, Samuel Kirby, Sarah Kirschner, Samuel Kramer, Elijah Magnan, Mckensi McClellan, Tyler McConnell, Kelly McCracken, Anna McCreadie, Erin McMeekin, Andrew Melkonian, Jacob Mills, Megan Morrell, Jack Mulligan, Alexander Nelson, Andrew Oakley, Mason Ou, Rahul Rajkumar, Vishnu Rathnam, Bailey Rosenberger, Andrew Schmitt, Royce Schwartzenberge, Donavan See, Micah Smith, Jackson Stokes, Brock Toney, Jacob Turpin, Eric Virta, Jacob Wachtendonk, Natalie Weidenbach, Colby Weldon and Nicole Wood.

2015 AP Scholar with Honor awards were granted to 26 students 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. MSHS students who earned this level of achievement include: Adrienne Barnhart, Colby Bentley, Jack Clemens, Robert Crittenden, Jordan Hartman, Sean Hyland, Dana Korssjoen, Sara Lamos, Abigale Lord, Shawn Masters, Alden McFadden, Ryan Moore, Natasha Ng, Elizabeth Prewitt, Audrey Rodriguez, Victoria Shim, Renee Spear, Paul Stedman, Katherin Sullivan, Olivia Swanson, Anthony Tassielli, Kaitlyn Van Cise, Maria Villegas, Natalie Werner, Samuel Yoshikawa and Judy Zhu.

2015 AP Scholar with Distinction awards recognize students who scored at least 3.5 on all AP exams taken, AND 3 or higher on FIVE or more of these exams. The 39 Mount Si students include: Jessica Bone, Veronique Bourgault, Jessica Brady, Angus Brookes, Trystan Cannon, Amber Caudle, Jason Chapman, Benjamin Cosgrove, Madison Fougere, Callahan Gillard, Wesley Gomersall, Kyle Grate, Matthew Griffin, Ryan Hartman, Alexander Johns, Emily Johns, Emily Keene, William Kramer, Elizabeth Larson, Naomi Litwack-Lang, Hallie Lynn, James Marshall, Rachel Massey, Paige McCall, Kaitryn McDade, Nicole Mostofi, Meg Myers, Kerry Perberton, Mackenzie Popp, Amy Proctor, Kevin Pusich, Hannah Rovito, Tyler Stuber, Ruary Thompson, Wesley Trader, Zoe Virta, Zachary Williams, Elle Wilson and Ursula Woods.

2015 National AP Scholar awards are one of the highest distinctions in this program. This is granted to students in the United States who received an average score of at least 4 on all AP exams taken, AND earned 4 or higher on EIGHT or more of these exams. In 2013, one student from Mount Si High School earned this truly impressive accomplishment for the first time. Nine Mount Si students were named National AP Scholars the following year in 2014. And in 2015, the following five impressive scholars earned this highest honor from the College Board: Benjamin Cosgrove, Ryan Hartman, Rachel Massey, Kevin Pusich and Ursula Woods.

“Our students are remarkable. I couldn’t be more proud of them — working hard and proving themselves among the top-performing students in the nation, as demonstrated by their 2015 exam scores. It is so encouraging to see more students embrace the rigor that AP courses offer each year, and continue to perform well,” said Mount Si High School Principal John Belcher.

Belcher added, “Mount Si staff are also to be commended for helping prepare students for a successful college experience, through their encouragement and support to rise to the challenge that academically rigorous courses offer.”

This fall of 2015, student enrollment is currently filling 779 seats in AP classes at Mount Si High School. As noted above, many students take multiple AP courses in the same year.

Mount Si High School is currently offering 18 AP college-level courses (plus 15 AP subjects throught its online program) that cover a broad range of academic disciplines. These Advanced Placement courses include: AP Art History, AP Biology, AP Calculus (AB section), AP Chemistry, AP Computer Science, AP English Language, AP English Literature, AP Environmental Science, AP European History, AP Government and Politics, AP Human Geography, AP Physics (C: Mechanics), AP Spanish, AP Statistics, AP Studio Art (2-D and 3-D Design), AP U.S. History, and AP World History. In addition, Mount Si students have access to 15 AP subjects through the school’s accredited Online Program: AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Calculus (AB and BC sections), AP Biology, AP Environmental Science, AP Macroeconomics, AP Microeconomics, AP Psychology, AP U.S. Government, AP World History, AP French, AP Spanish, AP Art History and AP European History.

Raising the Bar on Student Achievement

For the past five years running, the Snoqualmie Valley School District (SVSD) has been honored by the College Board with a place on its prestigious national AP® Achievement List. This award recognizes schools and districts for expanding Advanced Placement (AP) opportunities and access to a significantly broader pool of students, while at the same time, maintaining or improving student performance on AP exams. Last year, Snoqualmie Valley was the ONLY school district in Washington State – and one of only 6 school districts in the nation – to earn this five consecutive years in a row!

The national College Board has not yet released its AP Achievement List for this year which will incorporate the 2015 exam participation and performance data.

For more information about the National College Board and its Advanced Placement Program visit: