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St. Margaret’s Students Honored with National AP Scholar Awards

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St. Margaret’s offers its students 24 Advanced Placement courses ranging from core academic disciplines to music and art. Students’ scores on the culminating AP exams each spring illustrate the exceptional instruction and strength of the St. Margaret’s student body with recent pass rates between 88 and 90 percent (the 2010 national AP exam average pass rate was 57 percent).

The CollegeBoard AP program offers several AP Scholar Awards to recognize high school students who have demonstrated college-level achievement through AP courses and exams. Nationally in 2010, 168,889 students were awarded AP Scholar Awards, 70,059 received AP Scholar with Honor awards, 100,392 received AP Scholar with Distinction awards and 15,103 received National AP Scholar awards.

In 2010, St. Margaret’s had four National AP Scholars: Brian Chang, Hanna Hurr, Jonathan Li and Rebecca Miller. National AP Scholar Awards are granted to students in the United States who receive an average score of at least four on all AP exams taken, and scores of four or higher on eight or more of these exams.

In addition to being named a National AP Scholar, senior Jonathan Li is also a state winner of the 2010 Siemens Award for Advanced Placement. Only one male and one female are nationally recognized in each of the 50 states. Jonathan was selected for this award based on his exceptional performance in AP math and science.

“It is quite an honor to receive an AP award,” said Dr. Regina McDuffie, academic dean and Lower School principal. “We have to remember that these students are doing college-level course work in high school – some of them as early as grade 10. To score a three or better on one exam is not easy but to do this well on multiple exams really demonstrates the commitment of our teachers to high standards and rigor and the hard work of our students who are truly scholars in every way.”

Although there is no monetary award, in addition to receiving an award certificate, this achievement is acknowledged on any AP score report that is sent to colleges the following fall. The AP Scholar Awards are based on all exams taken in the 2009-2010 school year and all the years prior.

Below is a list of St. Margaret’s students who received AP Scholar Awards in 2010:

AP Scholar

Granted to students who receive scores of three or higher on three or more AP exams.

Ivory Agan

Beatrice Ary

Andrew Balcof

Sahar Bayat

Kirsten Bleiweiss

Emily Boone

Maryann Doudna

Matthew Faris

Leonardo Garcia

Hunter Graham

Christina Hart

Wade Holmes

Meaghan Hurr

Marisa Jue

Patricia Kharazmi

Cameron Lukos

Christina Massrey

Asako Mikumo

Hayley Miller

Kayla Moritzky

Kristin Murray

Seema Patel

Cameron Price

Whitney Simon

Harrison Stern

Erin Thomas

Catherine Verano

AP Scholar with Honor

Granted to students who receive 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.

Natasha Afshar

Spencer Corwin

Alexander Hanna

Savannah Holte

Spencer Keane

Andrew Kim

Chieh-Chih Liu

Mitchell Pok

Beatriz Stambuk

Robert Travis

Kevin Wang

AP Scholar with Distinction

Granted to students who receive 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.

Christopher Adams

Taylor Bayles

Ashley Bean

Brian Chang

Justin Cheng

Blakely Collier

Sourabh Shillon

Jonathan Dreyer

William Findiesen

Alexander Frangapane

Michael Friedman

Amy Gutierrez

Melanie Hess

Kasey Jong

George Ko

Ted Ko

Jonathan Li

Anna McGregor

Rebecca Miller

Nohemi Moctezuma

Andrew Pak

Carina Prynn

Emma Rice

Shirin Sadri

Sanam Saghafi

Kiyana Sakeld

George Schoeffel

Felipe Soto

John Swanson

James Travis

Jeffrey Tung

Farida Valji

Simran Virk

John Wagner

Laura Whitney

Awards refer to the following exams:

Art History


Calculus AB

Calculus BC


Chinese Language and Culture

Computer Science

English Language and Composition

English Literature and Composition

Environmental Science

European History

French Language

Government and Politics

Human Geography

Japanese Language and Culture

Latin: Vergil

Music Theory

Physics B

Physics C: Mechanics

Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism

Spanish Language

Spanish Literature


Studio Art: Drawing

Studio Art: 2-D Design

Studio Art: 3-D Design

US History

World History

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