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Newton County School System is proud to announce that 72 high school students have earned AP Scholar Awards in recognition of their exceptional achievement on AP Exams during the 2013-2013 school year. Overall, 26 Alcovy students, 37 Eastside students, and 9 Newton students earned the special recognition. These scholars represent students in both last year’s graduating class of 2013 and the current senior class of 2014.

“Congratulations to our students, families, faculty, and school leaders,” said Newton County School Superintendent, Samantha Fuhrey. “Expanding access to Advance Placement courses enables our students to experience the rigor associated with college courses and prepares them for life beyond high school.”

The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program 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 students’ performance on AP Exams. Conner Bryan, a 2013 graduate of Eastside High School 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.   

Eleven students—all 2013 graduates—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 include: Jeffrey Jones, Jansen Lindner, and Brandie Weathersby of Alcovy High School; Musashi Briem, Conner Bryan (also a National AP Scholar Award Recipient), Joey Ellwanger, Jazmin Ireland, Lee Jourdan, Mary Lathem, and Narissa Turner of Eastside High School; and Ian Elliot of Newton High School.

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. From Eastside, these recipients include three recent Eastside graduates—Hannah Jacobs, Juliana Laseter, and Mark Martin, in addition to current seniors, Ben Bohannon, Tyler Dysart, Quin Murphy, Japser Narvil, and Samantha Thompson. Two members of the Newton High School class of 2013—Aaron Cole and Alex Grady, and current Newton senior Vitaliy Semenikhin also earned the prestigious designation.

Finally, fifty NCSS students qualified for the AP Scholar Award by completing three or more AP Exams with scores of 3 or higher. From Alcovy these include:  Sandra Aguilera, Briana Clark, Sergio Cruz, Sandra Davis, Alexis Emanuel, Robert Gahwiler, John Gammans; Bailey Hallman, Kymberly Langford, Maceo Maddox, Jonathan Mann, Avree Martinez, Peterson Ochei, Carolina Sink, Savannah Slater, Destiny Snow, and Jessica Worshman from the Class of 2013; and Justin Adams, Emily Bryans, Emily Hegwood, Lesley Ochei, Victoria Wardlow, and Yihan Xiong from the Class of 2014. At Eastside, AP Scholar Award recipients include: Cameron Boyd, Haley Brickell, Abbye Compton, Robbie Ellwanger, Daniel Garrett, Dustin Gentis, Morgan Green, Kylie Humphries, Chelsea Jenkins, Bryant Johnson, Garrett Mitchell, Wendy Rodriguez, and Andrew Sneed from the Class of 2013; and Sonam Desai, Zeke Dunevent, Allison Fish, Hannah Gravitt, Jack Mitchell, Rachel Ramsey, Samuel Stewart, and Kim Stier from the Class of 2014. Newton High School’s AP Scholar Award recipients, all members of the graduating Class of 2013, include: Natalie Allen, Asriele Griffith, Amanda Manowski, Chrishandra Perkins, and Ali Punjani.

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

“We are very proud of all of the Advanced Placement Scholars,” said Ms. Shannon Buff, Director of Secondary Education for Newton County Schools. “Successful completion of rigorous AP course work and exams is an excellent indicator of preparedness for success at the collegiate level. These awards are well deserved. The hard work and effort of both the students and their AP teachers is to be commended.” 

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.

For more information on the AP Scholars Program contact Ms. Shannon Buff, Director of Secondary Schools, for Newton County School System at