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Newton County School System (NCSS) is pleased to announce that 54 students have earned AP Scholar Awards in recognition of their exceptional achievement on AP Exams. The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program (AP) provides willing and academically prepared 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.

The College Board recognizes several levels of achievement based on student’s performance on AP Exams.

National AP Scholar Award

For the 2013-2014 school year, one NCSS student, 2014 Eastside graduate Ben Bohannon, 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.

AP Scholar with Distinction Award

Eleven Eastside 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, who all graduated in 2014, are:

Dakota Arrington, Ben Bohannon, Tyler Dysart, Noah Felsberg, Jack Mitchell, Quin Murphy, Jasper Narvil, Samuel Stewart, Kimberly Stier, Samantha Thompson, and Kolyse Wagstaff.

AP Scholar with Honor Award

Eleven NCSS 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 include: 

·         Alcovy High: Emily Bryans, class of 2014;

·         Eastside High: Class of 2014—Faith Bartello and Sonam Desai; and Class of 2015—Kyle Castleberry, Anna Davis, Evan House, Havana Knepper, Carly Travis, and Alex Turcotte;

·         Newton High: Class of 2014—Kaitlyn Smith; and Class of 2015—Ian Cole.

AP Scholar Award 

Thirty one NCSS students qualified for the AP Scholar Ward by completing three or more AP Exams with scores of 3 or higher. These AP Scholars include:

·       Alcovy High:  Class of 2014—Justin Adams, Maya Brooks, Anfernee Cruz, Ashton Stewart, and Victoria Wardlow; and Class of 2015—Keegan Brothers and Demontarius Tolbert;

·       Eastside High: Class of 2014—Hannah Gravitt, Kyle Hadaway, Noelle Holder, Kristen Huffman, Emily Larrimore, Shivam Patel, Michael Pope, Sam Potts and Jesse Rainey; and Class of 2015—Tyler Banks, Zach Chambers, Allie Coberth, Mykia Edwards, Kaylah Kennedy, Garrett Nix, Nicholas Tedrow, Cassie Warthen, and Kiersten Williams;

·       Newton High: Class of 2014—Antonio Alvarez, Amanda Flake, Kyana Morris, Vitaliy Semenikhin, Chloe Simpson, and Richelle St. Louis; and Class of 2015—Craig Thomas and Brittany Webb.

Those students still currently enrolled in high school have this school year in which to complete additional college-level work and possibly earn a higher-level AP Scholar Award.

“Advanced Placement coursework exposes high school students to rigorous, collegiate level course work,” said Shannon Buff, NCSS Director of Secondary Schools. “I am very proud of the NCSS AP Scholars and their teachers for their hard work and dedication.” 

Through 34 different college level courses and exams, AP provides willing and academically prepared students with the opportunity to earn college credit or advanced placement and stand out in the college admission process. Each 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. More than 3,800 colleges and universities annually receive AP scores. Most four-year colleges in the United States provide credit and/or advanced placement for qualifying exam scores. 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 College Board is a mission-driven not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity. Founded in 1900, the College Board was created to expand access to higher education. Today, the membership association is made up of over 6,000 of the world’s leading educational institutions and is dedicated to promoting excellence and equity in education.

Each year, the College Board helps more than seven million students prepare for a successful transition to college through programs and services in college readiness and college success—including SAT and the Advanced Placement Program. The organization also serves the education community through research and advocacy on behalf of students, educators and schools.

For more information on Newton County School System’s AP Scholars, contact Ms. Sherri Davis-Viniard, Director of Public Relations for Newton County Schools, at