Because of their exceptional achievement on the college-level Advanced Placement (AP) Exams, 21 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 77 Wilson Hall students became eligible to receive college credit by earning a score of 3 or higher on at least one exam.
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 16 AP courses.
Ken Ballard (Clemson University Honors), J.D. Croft (Calvin College), Claire Estep (University of Alabama Honors), Eric Hartzell (Clemson), Scott Harvin (College of Charleston Honors), Kate McGrath (Liberty University) and Tripp Whaley (Duke University), 2014 graduates, 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 of these exams. Kyanna Dawson (Carnegie Mellon University), Amelia Macloskie (University of South Carolina), Kemper Patton (Wingate University), Justin Schaare (George Mason University) and Drake Shadwell (Furman University), 2014 graduates, 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 of these exams. The following received the AP Scholar Award for earning a 3 or higher on at least three exams: seniors Emily Bell, Kendall Brogdon, Simmons deHoll, Carter Dwight and Ryan Norris and 2014 graduates Louisa Aldrich (USC), Hazel Gray Hudson (Clemson), Jack Jackson (USC) and Parker McDuffie (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill).