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97 Dobyns-Bennett Students Earn AP Scholar Awards

Marybeth McLain, community contributor • Jul 30, 2013 at 9:09 AM

KINGSPORT -- Ninety-seven students at Dobyns-Bennett High School have earned AP Scholar Awards in recognition of their exceptional achievement on AP Exams.

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.

About 20 percent of the 2.1 million students worldwide who took AP Exams performed at a sufficiently high level to also earn an AP Scholar Award. Thirty-one percent of AP test takers at Dobyns-Bennett received this recognition. D-B administered 602 Advanced Placement tests to 311 students. Students earned a score of three (out of five) or higher on 77 percent of the tests given. This is compared to a Tennessee pass rate of 59.6 percent and a national pass rate of 58.5 percent.

“I applaud these students for the perseverance and dedication they have shown through attempting and succeeding in such rigorous course offerings. Not only have these students challenged themselves with college-level work, but they have been incredibly successful in doing so,” said Chris Hampton, principal of Dobyns-Bennett High School. “These students represent the best of the best and Kingsport City Schools and Dobyns-Bennett High School are very proud of all they have accomplished. I have no doubt the graduates will be just as successful, if not more so in their postsecondary endeavors. I look forward to seeing the 11th graders make this list again next year.”

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

At DB eight students 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. These students are Emily Buchanan, Harrison Emery, Clayton Evans, Will Glasscock, Adam Hooven, Ben Jack, Upal Saha, and Jackson Tonnies.

Forty-one 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 three or higher on five or more of these exams. These students are Victoria Baldock, Michael Behal, Leslie Bright, Sara Brooker, Evan Broyles, Emily Buchanan, William Carrier, Spencer Chafin, Houston Cookenour, Julie Ellis, Harrison Emery, Zachary Espeland, Clayton Evans, David Floyd, Will Glasscock, Ivan Gorbunov, Kaitlyn Heidt, Adam Hooven, Chloe Ingram, Ben Jack, Grayson Jones, Jacob Lambert, Christie Lau, Michael Lin, Zach McAdam, Thomas McDavid, Kevin Moore, Jeffrey Murphy, Andrew Nottingham, Thomas Palmer, Emily Parnell, Alexis Prillhart, Laura Quillen, Kyle Reeves, Upal Saha, Scott Sanders, Patrick Shull, Jackson Tonnies, Sarah Van Dierdonck, Gary Vestal, and Heather Whittemore.

Nineteen 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 three or higher on four or more of these exams. These students are Monica Arellano, Ashton Beckner, Anna Biggs, Spencer Brandon, Alexa Cleek, Jacob Cooper, Ryan Frawley, Adrian Hargrave, Prabdeep Kaur, Sam Lamon, Allie Marlow, Elliot McCrary, Payton Miller, Frenando Munoz, Jacqueline Payne, Mary Reynolds, Brandon Sloan, Leslie Stroud, and Olivia Wallace.

Thirty-eight students qualified for the AP Scholar Award by completing three or more AP Exams with scores of three or higher. The AP Scholars are Tylar Anderson, Meredith Aulds, Maria Baker, Angela Bark, Rebecca Brewer, Ian Brown, Samuel Brown, James Cooper, Makaylah Darnell, Nathaniel Edmonds, Savannah Franklin, Scottie Garber, Matthew Griffin, Abigail Hooker, Sara Hrivnak, Erick Lin, Rebecca Mai, Osvaldo Morales, Cassidy Morelock, Brennan Norton, Mitchell Plunkett, Emily Proffitt, Hannah Puckett, Zachary Robbins, Tiffany Shelton, Ethan Slusher, Elaine Smith, Hailee Smith, Sean Smith, Jazmine Stair, Hannah Swayze, Logan Vincent, Thomas Wallace, Erin White, Jacob Williams, Kaylea Williams, and Rachel Winstead.

Of this year’s award recipients at D-B, 22 are sophomores or juniors. These students have at least one more year in which to complete college-level work and possibly earn a higher-level AP Scholar Award.

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