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21 Villa Madonna Students Earn AP Scholar Honor

Twenty-one Villa Madonna Academy students have earned AP Scholar Awards in recognition of their exceptional achievement on AP Exams.

The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program (AP) provides students with the opportunity to take rigorous college-level courses while still in high school, and to earn college credit, advanced placement, or both for successful performance on the AP Exams. About 22% of the 2.2 million students worldwide who took AP Exams performed at a sufficiently high level to also earn an AP Scholar Award.

2014 graduate Nicole Zatorski qualified for the National AP Scholar Award by earning an average score of 4 or higher on a five-point scale on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams. This fall, Nicole will attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to study biomedical engineering.

Five Villa students qualified for the AP Scholar with Distinction Award by earning an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams. These students are Delphine Gao, Alexandra Hengge, Sarah Kunkler, Gabrielle Notorgiacomo and Marcus Schwarting.

Nine students qualified for the AP Scholar with Honor Award by earning an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams. These students are Maria Blom, Nicholas Boucher, Whitney Cox, Grant Giesbrecht, Christine Hooker, Mary Kate Norton, Claire Thelen, Jessica Voorhees and Amanda Werner.

Six students qualified for the AP Scholar Award by completing three or more AP Exams with scores of 3 or higher. The AP Scholars are Eric Baugh, Ben Bertsch, Kayla Kuris, Monica Spritzky, Rachael Tingley and Madison Trenkamp.

Villa Madonna also surpasses the Kentucky and Global AP percentages for students earning scores of 3 or higher. 87.2% of Villa students who took AP exams earned a 3 or better on all exams as compared to 51.5% of Kentucky students and 61.3% of students globally.

An Advanced Placement exam is developed by a committee of college and university faculty and AP teachers, ensuring that AP Exams are aligned with the same high standards expected by college faculty at some of the nation’s leading liberal arts and research institutions. Research consistently shows that AP students who score a 3 or higher on AP Exams (based on a scale from 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest) typically experience greater academic success in college and have higher college graduation rates than students who do not participate in AP. The AP Program is administered by The College Board, a mission-driven not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity.

From Villa Madonna Academy

Photo: Nicole Zatorski/Provided