By Sarrah Peters
Gadsden City High School honored 35 students on Tuesday, October 6 for being designated AP Scholars by the College Board.
The students were recognized for the scores they received on the AP exams they had taken. The AP exam score is a weighted combination of scores on both the multiple-choice section and on the free-response section of AP exams. The final score is reported on a 5-point scale, with 5 being the best score. A score of 3 means the student is qualified in the subject.
Of the 35 honored, 21 students were designated as AP Scholars, which is granted to students who receive scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP exams. These students are Lindsey Arnold, Claude Ashley, Victoria Beck, Taylor Bowley, Johathan Childers, Noah Dasinger, Katelyn Gentry, Sydney Hill, Claudia Hogan, Draven Jackson, Elizabeth Kantzler, Erick Lorenzana, Lauren Mayes, Skylar McMahan, Jacob Moon, Haley Nelson, Savannah New, Savanna Robinson, James Shortnacy, Haylee Singleton and Anshuman Sinha.
Six more students were designated as AP Scholars with honor, which is granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP exams taken and a score of 3 or higher on four or more of the exams. These students are Callie Cochran, Owen Hicks, Zachariah Kamran, Trey Perry, Harsh Sinha and Frank Vega-Aguirre.
Eight more students received an even more prestigious designation. They were named AP Scholars with distinction, which is granted to students who receive an average of at least 3.5 on all AP exams taken and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of the exams. The GCHS students who received this designation exceeded expectations and averaged a score of 4.10 out of 5. These students are Krisha Amin, Danyon Beitel, Harry Hager, Robert Hager, Zachary Holdbrooks, Justin Kelley, Kasoorelope Oguntuyo and Josiah Perry.
GCHS had a total of 155 students who took 441 exams in 17 different subject areas. The topics covered include Art History, Physics, Chemistry, Statistics, European and American History, English Literature, English Composition, Music Theory and more.
The students received snacks and time out of class as a reward for the achievements they received. Before the food, several school officials spoke to the students.
“Each of you work extremely hard,” said Paula Reynolds, GCHS AP Coordinator. “We hope you know what a great job you’ve done.”
The AP classes prepare students for college, but may be more difficult than typical college courses, with one teacher comparing the course to graduate level classes. The exams also allow students to receive college credit. Some students may have enough credits to graduate from college a year early.
“We have a great group of kids,” said Katrina Powers, the AP biology teacher.