Class of 2016 graduates Sharon Autry, Aaron Bellamy, Jacob Rieber, and Rebecca Jane White have been named National AP Scholars, which is granted to students in the United States who receive an average score of at least 4 or higher on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 4 or higher on 8 or more exams.
These four advanced to the National AP Scholar level of status to join three previous Thomasville City Schools graduates. Milo St. Ives, Class of 2015, went on to study at University of Georgia. Felix Edwards, Class of 2014, went on to study at Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts; and Shradha Patel, Class of 2012, went on to study at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.
This fall, Autry will enter University of Georgia, Bellamy will enter Georgia College and State University, Rieber will enter University of Pennsylvania, and White will enter the United States Naval Academy.
Class of 2016 graduates Sharon Autry, Aaron Bellamy, Mason Hodge, Jacob Rieber, Cameren Rogers, Rebekah Smith, Karson Stone, Walt Tucker, and Rebecca Jane White along with current seniors Mackenzie Brown, Madeline Bruhn, Jeremy Cooper, Grace Fletcher, Asa Harbin, and Ryan Owens qualify 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 exams.
Dalanie Nix Class of 2016 graduate along with current seniors Ben Pyle and Isaac Welch qualify 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.
Christine Barber, Amelia DuBose, Alex Grave de Peralta, Matthew Green, Jade Maltese, and Ethan Wier, Class of 2016 graduates; Aubrey Brinkley, Aubrey Brumblow, Lizzie Butler, Malyce Collins, Jacob Cone, Maggie Davis, Durant Fullington, Virginia Jackson, Sarah Myhre, Cherie Pace, Sterling Page, Meredith Pearce, Logan St. Ives, Allison Wheeler, and Hunter Yarbrough, current seniors; and Christopher Carpenter, Alexa Hernandez, and Aaron Miller, current juniors all qualify for the AP Scholar Award by completing three or more AP Exams with scores of 3 or higher.
Students achieving AP Scholar Awards have the remaining time in high school to complete additional AP Exams to increase their standings as AP Scholars. Academy students begin taking AP classes as early as possible, in the 9th grade, so that they can take advantage of the school’s wide offerings of 16 Advanced Placement courses.
Through 34 different college-level courses and exams, the College Board’s AP Program 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.
Advanced Placement English Literature teacher Lynn Stowers has observed that the attitudes and work ethic of her junior and senior students has improved beyond measure since Scholars Academy began teaching AP classes in the ninth and tenth grades.
Guidance counselor Karen Bryan attributes the Scholars Academy’s number of AP Scholars to the rigor of the course content and the varied ways the teachers present advanced material and reach so many learners.
Erin White teaches AP courses in U.S. History, World History, and Psychology and is adamant about the carryover that AP courses offer across the curriculum.
“Nurturing talents in a variety of areas causes students who perform well in an AP English class to excel in the sciences and social studies because of the movement beyond memorization into broad analysis and interpretation of texts,” said White.
White added that AP students are expected to gain a deeper knowledge of subject-area content so that they can successfully generate ideas and apply knowledge on major assessments like AP exams.