Because of their exceptional achievement on the college-level Advanced Placement (AP) Exams, 32 students received recognition from the College Board. About 22 percent of the 2.2 million students worldwide who took AP Exams performed at a sufficiently high level to earn an AP Scholar Award. In May, 85 Wilson Hall students became eligible to receive college credit by earning a score of 3 or higher on at least one exam. Wilson Hall’s average passing rate is 84%, well above the global average passing rate of 60%.
The AP is a global academic program in more than 100 countries. AP Exams, which students take after completing challenging college-level courses taught at their high school, are graded on a five-point scale (5 being the highest). Most of the nation’s colleges and universities award credit, advanced placement, or both for grades of 3 or higher. To qualify to teach an AP course, teachers must attend an intensive AP workshop held during the summer. Wilson Hall offers 17 AP courses.
Lane Herlong, Sam Hilferty, Hannah Pauley and Maggie Segars, Class of ’17, received the AP Scholar with Distinction Award for earning an average grade of at least 3.5 on all exams taken, and grades of 3 or higher on five or more exams.
Senior Steph Areford received the AP Scholar with Honor Award for earning an average grade of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and grades of 3 or higher on four or more exams. The following members of the Class of ’17 also received this recognition: Banks Burns, Emily DuRant, Sean Jackson, Michael Lowery and Patrick Muldrow.
The following seniors received the AP Scholar Award for earning a 3 or higher on at least three exams: Blake Alderson, Carly Cooper, Chandler Curtis, Meredith Johnson, Eadon Lee, Amber Prewitt, Greyson Sonntag, Grace Towery, Tod Yang and Zack Zobrist. Also receiving this honor were 2017 graduates Patrick Bell, Ashley Brunson, Danielle deHoll, Danny Dilts, Katie Duffy, Hunter Hendrix, Tripp Herlong, Carlos Marquez, James Munford, Madison Niles, Drew Reynolds and Brad Russell.