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July 26, 2016 

Newton County School System (NCSS) is pleased to announce that 70 students have earned AP Scholar Awards in recognition of their exceptional achievement on AP Exams during the 2015-2016 school year. 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

Three NCSS students, all from Eastside High School, qualified for the National AP Scholar Award by earning an average score of four or higher on a five-point scale on all AP Exams taken, and scores of four or higher on eight or more of these exams. This was a new, all-time record for Eastside High School. Their three National AP Scholar Award recipients are:

  •  Eastside High: Class of 2016--Jackson Hall, Angel Li, and Brantley Proffitt.

AP Scholar with Distinction Award

Thirteen NCSS 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:

  • Alcovy High: Class of 2016—Elysia Baker, Baylee Friedman, and Anthony Johnston.
  • Eastside High: Class of 2016—Nick Anderson, Eldredge Baulkmon, Eliott Brumlow, Dillon Diamond, David Jean, Monica Privette, Scott Reich, and Jack Weesner; and Class of 2017—Brigit Joyce.
  • Newton High: Class of 2016—Karina Norton.

AP Scholar with Honor Award

Fourteen 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: 

  • Eastside High: Class of 2016—Matthew Briscoe, Nicole Butler, Courtney Farrow, Luke Gayler, Sam Hay, Jessica Hays, Paul Lumpkin, Sage Manning, and Daniel Thompson; and Class of 2017—Katie Beth Fowler, Mackenzie Mallard, and Mary Grace Schlueter.
  • Newton High: Class of 2016—Blake Small; and Class of 2017—Jerome Belcher 

AP Scholar Award 

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

  • Alcovy High: Class of 2016—Chelsea Grant, Aliyah Langford, Hannah Maddux, Acacia Nicholson, and Kymble Wyman; and Class of 2017—Samantha Bonnett, Abigail Janson, and Vance Lewis.

  • Eastside High: Class of 2016—Alexis Allen, Megan Andrews, Jordan Callaway, Kiersten Dacosta, Logan Davis, John Drumheller, Sean Eagan, Kenneth Harris, David King, Hannah Liebert, Max Mayfield, Kelsey Meeler, Adam Nguyen, Davis Perkins, Kristian Richard, Kaylee Wagstaff, and Reid Waters; and Class of 2017—Coley Edwards, Evan Gravitt, Will Gregory, Shannon Harper, Miranda Hopper, Matt Malcom, and Trevor Underwood.
  • Newton High: Class of 2016—Alexander Boursiquot, Jessica Eller, Monaye Pollard, Hezekiah Rodgers, and Joshua Suber; and Class of 2017—Molly Cady, Kaylen Jackson, and Jayla Porter.


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 classes are more difficult than standard classes as they require high-level calculating and critical thinking required of college students,” said Mrs. Shannon Buff, NCSS Director of Secondary Education. “Exposure to AP classes in high school helps prepare students to better handle the rigors of college-level studies. I’m proud to see so many of our students enrolling in these rigorous class courses, as it indicates that they are committed to extending themselves now, in high school, so they are better prepared and more likely to succeed when they get to college.” 

Buff added, “We have excellent AP teachers who are preparing our students for college through daily exposure to high level teaching strategies and rigorous coursework. Our AP scholars as well as their teachers should be very proud of this accomplishment. We have focused on college and career readiness across all grade levels and this is the result. Our students are earning national recognition as AP scholars, but more importantly, they are leaving our high schools better prepared to succeed in college.” 

“I am very proud of these students,” said NCSS Superintendent Samantha Fuhrey. “They have not only challenged themselves by enrolling in these very rigorous AP courses but they have also excelled in them. Attaining AP Scholar designation is no easy feat as these are college-level courses. To have 70 NCSS students named AP Scholars is a testament to the students’ commitment to their studies and their teachers’ dedication to providing rigorous instruction with high expectations in the classroom each and every day.” 

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