Charles County Students Named AP Scholars

LA PLATA, Md. (Oct. 20, 2008)—The College Board recently named 205 Charles County Public Schools students as AP Scholars in recognition of their exceptional achievement on the college level Advanced Placement Program exams.

The College Board's Advanced Placement Program offers high school students the opportunity to take challenging college level courses to receive college credit, advanced placement, or both for successful performance on the AP exams. About 17 percent of more than one million high school students in more than 15,000 secondary schools worldwide who took AP exams performed at a sufficiently high level to merit the recognition of AP Scholar.

Students took AP exams in May 2008 after completing challenging college-level courses at their high schools. The College Board recognizes several levels of achievement based on student performance on AP exams.

Ashin Shah, a 2008 graduate of Thomas Stone High School, was named the State AP Scholar for Maryland. Each year, the College Board chooses one male and one female in each state and the District of Columbia for the state distinction. State AP Scholars are chosen for earning a grade of 3 or higher on the greatest number of AP exams, and then the highest average grade on all AP exams taken.

Shah earned a grade of 5, the highest possible score, on all 17 AP exams he took.

Six students qualified for the National AP Scholar award. They are James Lassahn, La Plata High School; Abe Massad, La Plata; Shijie Shen, La Plata; William Le, Stone; Ashin Shah; Stone; and Elisabeth Stevens, Westlake. National AP Scholars receive an average grade of at least 4 on all AP exams taken, and grades of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams.

Thirty CCPS 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. They are:

-- Irene Posey, Henry E. Lackey High School;
-- Laura Snow, Lackey;
-- Rodney Watters, Lackey;
-- William Bingham, La Plata High School;
-- Trisha Chaffee, La Plata;
-- William Crozier, La Plata;
-- James Lassahn, La Plata;
-- Abe Massad, La Plata;
-- Shijie Shen, La Plata;
-- Amberly Shisler, La Plata;
-- Svetlozara Stoytcheva, La Plata;
-- Erin Toczek, La Plata;
-- Jennifer VanDeven, La Plata;
-- Samantha Welniak, La Plata;
-- Matthew Grimes, Maurice J. McDonough High School;
-- Eric Leadbetter, McDonough;
-- Andelle Kudzal, North Point High School;
-- Dylan Cahn, Stone;
-- Courtney Flerlage, Stone;
-- William Le, Stone;
-- Angela Rueda, Stone;
-- Ashin Shah, Stone;
-- Mary Stillwaggon, Stone;
-- Emily Trefry, Stone;
-- Samantha Monk, Westlake;
-- DJuan Nash, Westlake;
-- Zachary Rahm, Westlake;
-- Amy Rappole, Westlake;
-- Elisabeth Stevens, Westlake; and
-- Kimberly Wiman, Westlake.

Thirty-one CCPS 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. They are:

-- Danielle Bailey, Lackey;
-- Samantha Skinger, Lackey;
-- Lorin Willett, Lackey;
-- Elliot Centrella, La Plata;
-- Dominique Curry, La Plata;
-- Joshua Davis, La Plata;
-- Sophia Dent, La Plata;
-- Marie Farley, La Plata;
-- Robert Garcia, La Plata;
-- Paul Hasz, La Plata;
-- Kendra Mabie, La Plata;
-- Hope Reilly, La Plata;
-- Gabriele Ricciardi, La Plata;
-- Paula Riner, La Plata;
-- Jessica Schenck, La Plata;
-- Madeline Shaffer, La Plata;
-- Alexander Teeney, La Plata;
-- James Waltz, La Plata;
-- Victoria Weiss, La Plata;
-- Joseph Frenette, McDonough;
-- Helen Shin, McDonough;
-- Kevin Herold, North Point;
-- Danielle Pedersen, North Point;
-- Allison Floyd, Stone;
-- Bryant Jackson-Green, Stone;
-- Simon Jerome, Stone;
-- Rebecca Parker, Stone;
-- Megan Ward, Stone;
-- Mary Fletcher, Westlake;
-- Tiphanie Gammon, Westlake; and
-- Kevin Gerrity, Westlake.

Additionally, 144 CCPS students qualified for the AP Scholar award by completing three or more AP exams with grades of 3 or higher.

From Lackey they are: Sierra Barnett, Elena Bode, Jessica Broockerd, Cameron Cox, Alistair Lamb, Christopher Markomanolakis, Dylan Paquette, Erika Prate, Charles Swan and Lacy Thomas.

From La Plata they are: Corrine Arnold, Kristyn Bird, John Bowling, Michael Boyden, Jay Callow, Lindsey Cartner, Elyse Dilella, Nicholas Dilodovico, Rachel Eaby, Amanda Felkamp, Kyara Fisher, Jeremy Fleming, Ryan Floberg, Franklin Fuqua, Andrew Gill, Alexander Golding, Emily Gore, Kyle Gragan, Kaitlyn Hackett, Richard Huber, Rebecca Jarboe, Kathryn Kline, Michelle Lee, Scott Mallon, Andrew Marien, Jonathan Matteson, Jordan McGraner, Douglas McMaster, Wilson Murphy, Patrick Oclair, Tyler Otten, Joshua Plumadore, Rachel Posey, Kristin Qualters, Gavin Reen, Devon Renner, Xyan Rose, Ashley Runyon, Amanda Schmeltz, Rebecca Schmeltz, Paul Shaffer, Joseph Sharp, Simon Shea, James Shilling, Edward Sinnes, Matthew Sirkis, Brandon Thomas, Whitney Underwood, David Wallace, Kayla Weimert, Kristen Wirtz, Anthony Wolfe and Michael Zick.

From McDonough they are: Lauren Albrittain, Diane Berringer, Bryannia Bongiorni, David Bowling, Benjamin Coghan, Thomas Corbett, Whitney Jowett, Amanda Langston, Heather Lupton, Kevin McCormick, Kristyn McMichael, Melanie Mitchell, Christopher Mucciolo, Marina Overby, Evan Ponter, Meghan Rudolfi, Nikki Sanford, Jordan Stephenson, Logan Stratchko and Wendell Walters.

From North Point they are: Rafee Al-Mansur, Drew Altman, Joshua Darichuk, Travis Finkenauer, Patrick Gaume, Thomas Hill, Amber Lee, Conor Lee, Matthew Michela, Matthew Nenno, Michelle Onuorah, Kelsey Pearson, Eric Reitz, Michelle Rickert, Zachary Schrammel and Matthew Smith.

From Stone they are: Solomon Abiola, Justin Burch, Tiara Cunningham, Elizabeth Eddy, Rachel Eddy, Caitlin Floyd, Lauren Flynn, Nicole Grim, Amanda Hamilton, Michelle Hardesty, Brittany Haynes, Kathyrn Hebert, Lauren Hume, Joseph Langley, Kevin McCarty, Adam McClendon, Sean Rybka, Morgan Thomas, Chandra Thompson, Chanice Thompson and Angel Torres.

From Westlake they are: Peter Cangelosi, Sean Cannon, Juan Fidel Castrence, Amanda Cave, Najee Clancy, Michael Doran, Casey Durham, Brittany Fisher, Kaitlyn Gallant, Jennifer Greer, Tyler Hobbs, Joyce Hones, Jacqueline Landgraf, Angela Maki, Joshua Mommers, Adriana Ochoa, Lindsay Renner, Gregory Russell, Kathleen Seay, Paul Skym, Deborah Subocz, Hayley Thurman, Amanda Waselewski and James Williams.

Most of the nations' colleges and universities award credit, advanced placement, or both based on successful performance on the AP exams. Thirty-seven AP courses and exams are offered in a wide variety of subject areas, each consisting of multiple-choice and free-response (essay or problem-solving) questions except for the Studio Art Exam, which evaluates students' original artwork.

The College Board is a nonprofit membership association dedicated to preparing, inspiring and connecting students to colleges and opportunity. The association is composed of more than 5,200 schools, colleges, universities and other educational organizations. Each year, the College Board serves seven million students and their parents, 23,000 high schools, and 3,500 colleges through major programs and services in college admissions, guidance, assessment, financial aid, enrollment and teaching and learning.

Source: Charles County public school system

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