Dozens of MHS students, grads earn AP Scholar honors

Publish Date: 04/28/2021

​More than three dozen current Marion High School students and members of the MHS Class of 2020 have been recognized by the College Board for their cumulative excellent performance on multiple Advanced Placement tests in the 2019-20 school year or earlier in their high school career.

This accomplishment is worthy of high praise in any school year, but it is particularly impressive in a year when classes shifted online and students had to adapt to new distance testing protocols and systems.

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 notes that each college decides which scores it will accept.

The achievements of these current Marion High School students and Class of 2020 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.
Here’s a complete look at the most recent AP honors, reflecting scores on tests taken in spring 2020 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, Class of 2020
  • Soren Bruehler, senior
  • Camille Case, Class of 2020
  • Evelyn Detamore, senior
  • Tristan Galeon, Class of 2020
  • Leah Hoeksema, senior
  • Jaelin Lindsey, Class of 2020
  • Emma Maki, senior
  • Vikram Oddiraju, senior
  • Joseph Powell, Class of 2020
  • Caleb Spitzer, Class of 2020
  • Madeline Stiles, Class of 2020

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)

  • Carynna Aguila, senior
  • Clayton Drook, senior
  • Levi Hofmann, Class of 2020
  • Kira Humes, Class of 2020
  • Isak Lagerkvist, Class of 2020
  • Lucia Persinger, senior
  • Nagesh Nihal, Class of 2020
  • Cathryn Riggs, Class of 2020
  • Annika Sharlow, senior
  • Patrick Spitzer, Class of 2020
  • Ella Vermilion, Class of 2020

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

  • Isabelle Bento, senior
  • Maylen Bowen, Class of 2020
  • Khabreya Cobb, Class of 2020
  • Madison Crisp, Class of 2020
  • Josiah Hamilton, Class of 2020
  • Shelby Harrison, senior
  • Claire Hendricks, Class of 2020
  • Parker Howell, Class of 2020
  • Taylor Kitts, Class of 2020
  • Nicolas Madden, Class of 2020
  • Takota Russ, senior
  • Garrett Scher, Class of 2020
  • Gabriella Vermilion, senior
  • Marisa Wallace, senior
  • Jack White, Class of 2020

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 even more impressive.  

>> For more information about MHS AP students’ accomplishments in the 2019-20 school year, click here 

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.