Dozens of MHS students, grads earn AP Scholar honors

Publish Date: 01/17/2020

Nearly three dozen current Marion High School students and members of the MHS Class of 2019 have been recognized by the College Board for their cumulative excellent performance on multiple Advanced Placement tests in the 2018-19 school year or earlier in their high school career.

Every year, the College Board, which administers AP exams, awards students who have excelled on multiple exams. AP exams are scored on a scale of 1 to 5. A score of 3 designates the student as “qualified” and capable of doing the work of an introductory-level course in a particular subject at college, according to the AP Program’s website. Many colleges and universities grant credit and placement for scores of 3, 4 or 5, but the AP Program’s website (https://apscore.collegeboard.org/scores/about-ap-scores) notes that each college decides which scores it will accept.

The achievements of these current Marion High School students and Class of 2019 graduates put MHS well ahead of the state and national mean scores on AP test scores in several subjects. Several of the students who earned AP honors this year have done so for two or even three years in a row.

MHS 2019 AP Scholar honorees (Jan. 2020 banquet)

Several MHS students and graduates attended a banquet held recently by MHS at the IWU banquet hall to honor the 2019 AP Scholar honorees.

 

Here’s a complete look at our AP honors this year, reflecting scores on tests taken in spring 2019 or earlier in a student's high school career:

AP Scholars with Distinction
(earning scores of 3 or higher on five or more exams, with an average score of at least 3.5 on all exams taken)

  • Saralena Bergsma, senior
  • Joseph Hoffert, MHS Class of 2019
  • Nihal Nagesh, senior
  • Zoe Orrell, MHS Class of 2019
  • Joseph Powell, senior
  • Caleb Spitzer, senior

AP Scholars with Honor
(earning scores of 3 or higher on four or more exams, with an average score of at least 3.25 on all exams taken)

  • Gabrielle Conyers, senior
  • Hunter Durbin, MHS Class of 2019
  • Tristan Galeon, senior
  • Patrick Spitzer, senior
  • Zachary Stephens, MHS Class of 2019
  • Madeline Stiles, senior

AP Scholars
(earning scores of 3 or higher on three or more exams)

  • James Bell, MHS Class of 2019
  • Maylen Bowen, senior
  • Soren Bruehler, junior
  • Camille Case, senior
  • Kathryn Erickson, MHS Class of 2019
  • Destinee Fannin, MHS Class of 2019
  • Lucas Fernandes, MHS Class of 2019
  • Azira Fisher, MHS Class of 2019
  • Levi Hofmann, senior
  • Kira Humes, senior
  • Kyle Hummel, MHS Class of 2019
  • Leilanu Jackson, MHS Class of 2019
  • Ayawna Kemp, MHS Class of 2019
  • Isak Lagerkvist, senior
  • Jaelin Lindsey, senior
  • Emma Maki, junior
  • Anthony Reynolds, MHS Class of 2019
  • Sophia Schenck, MHS Class of 2019
  • Moriah Shigley, MHS Class of 2019
  • Hailey Teeguarden, MHS Class of 2019
  • Chloe Vermilion, MHS Class of 2019
  • Jonathan Walts, MHS Class of 2019

Since 1955, the rigorous Advanced Placement Program has enabled millions of students to take college-level courses and exams and to earn college credit or placement while still in high school.

According to a study cited on the AP Program’s website, AP students have better four-year college graduation rates than those who did not take AP. Taking AP also increases eligibility for scholarships and makes candidates more attractive to colleges.

AP Scholar honors put the spotlight on students who excel in multiple subjects, and students may cite this academic distinction among their credentials on applications, resumes, and portfolios. (Learn more about the honors here.) 

Marion High School requires that students taking an AP class take the corresponding AP exam in order to receive the extra credit available for the class. (All AP classes at MHS are “weighted”, meaning that students can earn more credit for those classes because of their difficulty, as compared to standard classes. But students who don’t take the AP exam won’t receive that extra credit.) This leads to a very high percentage of MHS AP students taking the corresponding exams — which makes the passing percentages achieved by MHS students in 2019 even more impressive. 

Notable statistics from the 2019 AP exams at MHS: 

  • 156 MHS students took a total of 293 exams; 80 students took more than one exam
  • 83 students passed one or more AP exams 
  • MHS students passed 16 different exams: Biology; Calculus (AB and BC); Chemistry; Computer Science Principles, English Language and Composition; English Literature and Composition; Environmental Science; Music Theory; Psychology; Spanish Language and Culture; Statistics; U.S. History; World History; and the portfolio-based Studio Art Design 2D and Studio Art 3D. The number of students taking a particular test ranged from 4 to 64.
  • 100 percent of MHS students who participated in the Studio Art 2D Design Portfolio exam passed, and all got the highest score possible (a 5); this surpasses the 85.6 percent state passing rate, and the 86.4 percent global passing rate. (Wondering what these portfolios consist of? You can see examples from previous years here.)
  • 100 percent of MHS students who participated in the Studio Art 3D Design Portfolio exam passed; this surpasses the 66.7 percent state passing rate, and the 70 percent global passing rate. (Wondering what these portfolios consist of? You can see examples from previous years here.)
  • 93.8 percent of MHS students who took the Computer Science Principles exam passed; this surpasses the 76.1 percent state passing rate, and the 73.3 percent global passing rate.
  • 92.3 percent of MHS students who took the Calculus BC exam passed; this surpasses the 79.8 percent state passing rate, and the 81 percent global passing rate.
  • 90.6 percent of MHS students who took the Calculus AB exam passed; this surpasses the 52 percent state passing rate, and the 58.4 global passing rate.
  • 73.9 percent of MHS students who took the Chemistry exam passed; this surpasses the 43.1 state passing rate, and the 55.6 global passing rate.
  • 73.1 percent of MHS students who took the Biology exam passed; this surpasses the 57.4 percent state passing rate, and the 64.7 global passing rate.
  • MHS passing rates surpassed state rates in three other exams as well: English Language & Composition; English Literature & Composition and Environmental Science

Marion Community Schools is proud of these students’ excellent achievements, and is proud too of the early college opportunities MHS continues to offer to its students. For information about how your high school student can take advantage of these early college credit opportunities and more, check out the enrollment section of our website.