33 Portsmouth High Students Earn Advanced Placement Awards
The students earned the awards in recognition of their exceptional achievement on college-level Advanced Placement exams taken in May 2012.
Thirty-three Portsmouth High School students have earned Advanced Placement (AP®) Scholar Awards in recognition of their exceptional achievement on college-level Advanced Placement exams taken in May 2012.
The AP Scholars represent students in the graduating Class of 2012, as well as students in the upcoming graduating Class of 2013.
The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program® offers students the opportunity to take challenging college-level courses while still in high school and to earn college credit and/or advanced placement. About 18 percent of the more than 1.8 million students worldwide who took almost three million AP exams performed well enough to earn the AP® Scholar Award.
These awards are academic distinctions which students may cite on applications, résumés, etc. Students do not receive any monetary award from the College Board.
The National AP Scholar Award (for an average score of at least 4 on a 5-point scale on all AP exams taken and scores of 4 or higher on 8 or more of these exams) was earned by one PHS student, Nicholas Tyler, who had an average score of 4.40 after taking the following AP exams: English Language Composition, English Literature Composition, US History, Calculus BC, Statistics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics C (Electricity/Magnetism and Mechanics), and Spanish.
Nicholas Tyler is attending Northeastern University in Boston, MA, majoring in computer science. He is the son of Alan and Kathy Tyler, who reside here in Portsmouth.
The AP Scholar with Distinction Award (for an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP exams taken and scores of 3 or higher on 5 or more of these exams) was earned by nine PHS students: Sam Black, Steven Elleman, Raegan Holland, Marina Izzi, Alex Jenkins, Hayley McClintock, Courtney Parks, Alexander Revello, and Nicholas Tyler. These students averaged a score of 4.24.
The AP Scholar with Honor Award (for scores of at least 3.25 on all AP exams taken and scores of 3 or higher on 4 or more AP exams) was earned by nine PHS students: Addison Bieger, James Boyadjian, Jason Burghouwt, Ashley Burke, Nikoletta Evangelatos, Caroline Herter, Grace Mortrude, Hannah Petrie, and Haley Yaw. These students averaged a score of 3.6.
The AP Scholar Award (for scores of 3 or higher on 3 or more AP exams) was earned by 14 PHS students: Kendall Bauer, Shannon Donnelly, Tyler Haas, Matthew Harrigan, Joseph Maiato, Cody McMillian, Rebecca McVicker, Lauren Odegaard, Benjamin Riley, Codie Smith, Kirstie Urgasan, Megan Vebber, Peyton Waddicor, and Huailin Zhang. These students averaged a score of 3.51.
Portsmouth High School offered a wide array of Advanced Placement courses during the 2011-2012 school year, in which 156 students took a total of 289 exams in 19 different subjects. PHS’s pass rate (students receiving a 3 or higher) was 68 percent for the 2011-12 school year.