Congratulations to Thomasville High Scholars Academy seniors Emily Dixon and Mason Wilson on their outstanding academic performance to advance to the Finalist standing in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Competition. Of the 1.6 million entrants, some 50,000 with the highest PSAT/NMSQT® Selection Index scores (calculated by doubling the sum of the Reading, Writing and Language, and Math Test scores) qualify for recognition in the National Merit® Scholarship Program. These high scorers were notified through their schools that they qualified as either a Commended Student or Semifinalist. Next about 16,000 students, or approximately one-third of the 50,000 high scorers, were notified that they qualified as Semifinalists. To ensure that academically talented young people from all parts of the United States are included in this talent pool, Semifinalists are designated on a state-representational basis. They are the highest scoring entrants in each state. Lastly, some 15,000 Semifinalists were notified that they advanced to Finalist standing.
Thomasville High School and Scholars Academy students’ persistent achievement as Advanced Placement Scholars continues with 47 named AP Scholars in recognition of their exceptional achievement on the College Board’s Advanced Placement exams.
Class of 2018 graduates Christopher Carpenter, Anne Clifton, Grayson Durham, Lilith Edwards, Ian Penix, and Jackson Singletary; current seniors Louis Carter, Emily Dixon, Spencer Harbin, Mason West, Claudia-Michele White, Seth Wier, and Mason Wilson; and current junior Braxton Sizemore qualify 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 exams.
Class of 2018 graduates Roderick Elzy, Liam Foster, Brittany Hawkins, and Garrett Poole; current seniors John Carpenter, Brayton Hanna, Tyla Joseph, Christian Pyle, and Maura Shiner; and current juniors Jack Edge, Elijah Humphries, Emma Humphries, Kaitlyn Kasper, and Maxwell White qualify 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.
Class of 2018 graduates Carl Blackmore, Madison Cook, Anna Cooper, Victoria Cordista, Yolanda Hadley, Alexa Hernandez, Morgan Matthews, Anna Kate Pomeroy, Jessica Shores, and John West; current seniors Ben Dozier, LaTatyana Hadley, Sydney McKay, Keisha Patel, Heaven Robinson, Amber Sarabia, and London Weier; and current juniors Winston Cornish and Kathleen Geyer all qualify for the AP Scholar Award by completing three or more AP Exams with scores of 3 or higher.
Ashley Ivey-Jackson, who teaches AP Studio Art and AP Art History, notices a common work ethic in students who succeed in AP classes and on AP exams.
“These students realize that it takes effort on their part with research and reading beyond the notes given in class to do well in an Advanced Placement class,” said Ivey-Jackson.
Betty Elkins currently has 42 enthusiastic sophomores in her AP English Language class.
“Our students are not afraid to tackle rigorous coursework, and it is amazing to watch their progress from August to May each year,” said Elkins.
Scholars Academy Director Jeanene Wallace agrees that the Advanced Placement courses are rigorous, but teachers provide the level of instruction and support to give students the skills and confidence to score well.
“At Scholars Academy, we encourage every child to take the exams in their AP classes; we don't select or handpick those to test. The preparation we provide along with the expectation and culture of success consistently produces a large number of AP Scholars,” said Wallace.
“If you expect a lot out of your students and believe in their ability to produce on a higher level, they generally will rise to meet your expectations,” said Ivey-Jackson.
Guidance counselor Marcie West explains that Advanced Placement courses serve a dual purpose for students: the opportunity to experience the rigor of college classes and to select courses that are necessary to gain acceptance into competitive colleges.
“Because of the national acceptance of AP, we encourage all students to take the AP tests at the end of the year. Ninety-five percent of our students earn an AP score that awards them college credit. In many cases Scholars Academy students earn up to eight hours of college credit per AP course and test,” added West.
Students achieving AP Scholar Awards have the remaining time in high school to complete additional AP exams to increase their standings as AP Scholars. Academy students begin taking AP classes in the 9th grade so that they can take full advantage of the school’s wide offerings of twenty-one AP courses which go beyond the typical four academic subject areas. AP courses in music theory, foreign languages, and visual arts expand the choices for students.
AP Environmental Science teacher Robert Peterson notes that these students have learned to manage their workload to be able to complete the work and hold a busy extracurricular schedule.
“All of them have a drive to be successful and it shows in their work ethic,” said Peterson.
AP Literature teacher Lynn Stowers defines a skill that sets apart the best AP students.
“One thing which is very helpful in AP Literature is the ability to understand the nuance of what the author is saying. Well-written literature always gives the reader hints of a deeper level of meaning. The ability to sense that deeper level can make the difference between just barely passing and doing really well,” said Stowers.
Scholars Academy has accumulated 8 National AP Scholars, an award which is granted to students in the United States who receive an average score of at least 4 or higher on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 4 or higher on 8 or more exams. These National AP Scholar Thomasville City Schools graduates continued their studies at a variety of institutions: Shradha Patel (United States Naval Academy), Felix Edwards (Amherst College), Milo St. Ives (University of Georgia), Sharon Autry (University of Georgia), Aaron Bellamy (Georgia College and State University), Jacob Rieber (University of Pennsylvania), Rebecca Jane White (United States Naval Academy); and Asa Harbin (Georgia Institute of Technology).
Through 34 different college-level courses and exams, the College Board’s AP Program 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.
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