Because of their exceptional achievement on the college-level Advanced Placement (AP) Exams, 24 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, 60 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 72%, above the global average passing rate of 61%.
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 21 AP courses, more than any school in Sumter, Clarendon and Lee counties.
Senior Naomi Yoder 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. Also receiving this honor were Sean Alderson, Callie McAdams and Ingrid Singleton, Class of ’19. Seniors Alex Blum, Sarah Cain and Mary Catherine Matthews, and Gray Holler, Mitchell Matthews and Adam Torchia, 2019 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 exams. Seniors Bristol Barnes, Waverly McIver and Nick Miller received the AP Scholar Award for earning a 3 or higher on at least three exams. Also receiving this honor were the following 2019 graduates: Bridget Anderson, Judah Cohee, Langston Cooper, Dylan Dean, Julia Gregory, Shelby Guldan, Mills Herlong, Sydney Jarecki, Holly Poag, Liza Segars and Anne Land Welch.