Advanced Placement Scholar Honors

November 17, 2008
A record number of Hopkins students earned Advanced Placement (AP) Scholar honors on exams that they took in the spring of 2008. One hundred and fifty-nine students earned 161 AP Scholar honors from the College Board in recognition of their exceptional achievement on the exams.

In 2008, the highest number—950—of Advanced Placement (AP) exams were taken. Seventy-five percent of Hopkins' students scored three of higher on the exams.

The College Board's Advanced Placement Program provides motivated 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. About 18 percent of 1.6 million students worldwide who took the AP Exams performed at a sufficiently high level to earn an AP Scholar Award.

Hopkins High School has one of the most extensive AP programs in the state, and has the highest number of teachers in the nation on the National Advanced Placement Board.

The College Board recognizes several levels of achievement based on students' performance on the AP exams.

National AP Scholar

Two students qualified for the prestigious National AP Scholar Award by earning an average grade of 4 or higher on a five-point school on all AP Exams taken, and grades of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams. The students are Marc Geisner, a 2008 graduate, and Alexander Weir, a current senior. Hopkins has had 11 National AP Scholars since 2003-the most among metropolitan school districts.

AP Scholar with Distinction

Thirty students qualified for the AP Scholar with Distinction Award by earning an average grade of at least 3.5 on all AP exams taken, and grades of 3 or higher on five or more of those exams. Four current seniors earned this award, including Noah Berman, Madeline Epping, Jack Wanderman, and Alexander Weir.

Graduates who earned this honor as seniors include Kristen Allison, Sara Baldvins, Sean Becker, Matthew Bick, Laura Bodine, Ethan Burkner, Jane Domino, Michael Downey, Kylie Dummer, Timothy Englert, Sarah Fobes, Marc Giesener, Lesley Gustafson, Siri Jorstad, Jason Ketover, Alison Key, Edward Long, Colette Meller, Samuel Menzies, Kathryn Schmidt, Tyler Starr, Scott Steinberg, Gauri Subramani, Elizabeth Thomson, Karl Wicks, and Carmen Wood.

Scholar with Honor

Thirty-nine students qualified for the AP Scholar with Honor Award by earning an average grade of at least 3.25 on all AP exams taken, and grades of 3 or higher on four or more of those exams.

Sixteen current seniors earned this honor, including Nathan Cera, Julie Christensen, Madison Dunitz, Nathan Gilbert, Ruth Goins, Kathryn Haapala, Caroline Hedberg, George Hicks, Nathan Keysser, Christian Kramer, Jenna Lillemoe, Eli Mallon, Idil Oksuz, Max Perkins, Dana Rancour, and Krishna Shankar.

Graduates who earned this honor as seniors include Sydney Arnold, Jasmine Berymon, Hans Birkeland, Anna Campbell, Thomas Dienhart, Katherine Edmond, Matthew Freeman, Jennifer Friedman, Noah Greene, Benjamin Kline, Peter Larson, Andrew Marshall, Corinne McNichols, Jillian Merkle, Nils Persson, Katherine Peterson, Nicholas Prince, Kaycee Reynolds, Paige Robson, Nicholas Samardzija, Lauren Ward, Andrew Weaver, and Noah Wheeler.

AP Scholar

Ninety students qualified for the AP Scholar Award by completing three or more AP exams with grades of 3 or higher.

Forty-nine current seniors earned this honor, including Rachel Abrams, Alexander Atmore, Colleen Batty, Jacqueline Baumgartner, Edward Beck, Brooke Burton, Greta Chizek, Matthew Chodosh, Rebekah Cornish, Huy Do, Conor Doherty, Clayton Doyle, Kristin Engdahl, Daniel Giesen, Rebecca Gillett, Esau Gotlieb, Henry Greene, Jacob Grogan, Charles Hacker, Evelyn Jensen, Emily Johnson, Caroline Jones, Michelle Kaminsky, Britt Keller, Rose Kelly, Tesserae Komarek, Gregory Kufahl, Kya Laulainen, Moira Lenox, Brittany Levens, Claire Mattison, Sonja Meintsma, Raymond Mestad, Kelsey Neis, Marianna Oliynyk, Joseph Olson, Kelsey Parsons, Jay Petersen, Anuj Saluja, Nicholas Stender, Meghan Sweeney, Michael Tradewell, Erin Tremel, Joelle Van Valkenburg, Marcus Van Hoven, Lauren Vickers, Eric Weisenburger, Mara Weispfenning, and Sara Wilkerson.

Graduates who earned this honor as seniors include Stuart Baker, Daniel Bernstein, Daniel Bloom, Grant Boerhave, Samuel Brickwedde, Erin Curme, William Eisenberg, James Elhardt, Thomas Elliott, Alexandra Erickson, Philip Eschweiler, Steven Fay, Kyra Friedell, Alexander Fuller, Kevin Gause, Mark Golob, Joseph Groom, Daniel Haberman, James Hanson, Lauren Harn, Megan Holle, Thomas Kessler, Callie Knaeble, Andrew Lonning, Scott Luisi, Joshua McGowan, Colleen O'Connor, Chelsea Rivett, Abby Rosen, Robert Rosenthal, Sean Shanahan, Austin Skoglund, Milton Stephens, Ryan Strand, Nicole Sylvestre, Sarah Vande Kamp, Moriah Wald, Paige Waterous, Jess Weisman, Emily Wiemer, and Erik Williams.

Hopkins High School's current seniors have one more year in which to complete the college-level Advanced Placement work and earn the higher-level AP Scholar Awards.

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