93 Dobyns-Bennett Students Earn AP Scholar Awards


KINGSPORT ‚¬ 93 students at Dobyns-Bennett High School have earned AP Scholar Awards in recognition of their exceptional achievement on AP Exams.

The College Boards Advanced Placement Program‚® (AP‚®) 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 22 percent of the 2.2 million students worldwide who took AP Exams performed at a sufficiently high level to also earn an AP Scholar Award. 30 percent of AP test takers at Dobyns-Bennett received this recognition. D-B administered 643 Advanced Placement tests to 339 students. Students earned a score of 3 (out of 5) or higher on 76 percent the tests given.‚  This is compared to a Tennessee pass rate of 61 percent and a national pass rate of 60 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 Dr. 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: 2 students qualified for the National AP Scholar Award by earning an average score of 4 or higher on a five-point scale on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams. These students are Erick Lin and Sarah Van Dierdonck.

32 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 3 or higher on five or more of these exams. These students are Katherine Ardire, Spencer Brandon, Rebecca Brewer, Ian Brown, Samuel Brown, Chengyuan Cai, James Cooper, Hannah Cutshall, Nathaniel Edmonds, Savannah Franklin, Scottie Garber, Bradley Jeffers, Abigail Jenkins, Stephanie Jolley, Erick Lin, Michael Lin, Rebecca Mai, Spencer Miller, Andrew Nottingham, Carl Oberfeitinger, Daniel ONeal, Laurel Penley, Laura Quillen, Nicholas Shallon, Margaret Shull, Brandon Sloan, Blaine Smith, Alex Strasser, Sarah Van Dierdonck, TJ Wallace, Erin White and Rachel Winstead.

18 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 3 or higher on four or more of these exams. These students are Sophia Baker, Jacob Cooper, Frank Dam, Luke Emery, Anna Flora, Macy French, Kaitlin Glynn, Ashley Hazlett, Linore Huss, Daniel Jernigan, Jean Li, Osvaldo Morales, Thomas Pearce, Lindsey Rasnake, Isaiah Reeves, Jason Ring, Colin Shone and Ethan Slusher.

45 students qualified for the AP Scholar Award by completing three or more AP Exams with scores of 3 or higher. The AP Scholars are Ethan Addlestone, Sarah Adinolfi, Ashley Begley, Delaney Boyd, Emily Burgess, Alex Caviness, Katherine Culligan, Abigail Doyle, Lauren Duncan, Haley Engle, Lindsey Engle, Bennett Espeland, Lauren Feathers, Adam Flora, Charles Frye, Alex Golden, Noel Jeansonne, Patrick Jones, Taylor Kelley, Amber Kent, Cindy Liu, Marie Matlock, Noah McMilllan, Rachel McSwain, Laura Metzger, Virginia Mokry, Kayla Norton, Mandy Nutter, Karsten Parker, Andrew Paulonis, Harmony Paulus, Melanie Peace, Kevin Peterson, Maxine Poole, Margaret Potente, Cameron Prillhart, Emily Proffitt, Hannah Purdy, Carter Sheppard, Joshua Silmon, Nishan Singh, Jeremiah Sokol, Tyler Sutherland, Dmetrius Tabon, and Mikaela Woods.

Of this years award recipients at D-B, 21 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.

The College Board is a mission-driven not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity. Founded in 1900, the College Board was created to expand access to higher education. Today, the membership association is made up of over 6,000 of the worlds leading educational institutions and is dedicated to promoting excellence and equity in education. Each year, the College Board helps more than seven million students prepare for a successful transition to college through programs and services in college readiness and college success ‚¬â€ including the SAT‚® and the Advanced Placement Program. The organization also serves the education community through research and advocacy on behalf of students, educators and schools.

Kingsport‚ City Schools is a public school system located in Kingsport, Tenn., serving students in Sullivan and Hawkins county. The district is comprised of 13 schools, including a Pre-K, eight elementary schools, two middle schools, one high school and an alternative school; with total enrollment reaching 6,500 students. The vision of Kingsport City Schools is to be, Student Focused ‚¬¦ World Class.

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