September 24 2014

BHS Students Excelling on Advanced Placement Exams


Many Burlington High School students have been hitting the books, or iPads, hard, and their studying efforts are showing. 


BHS Principal Mark J. Sullivan said on his blog that he wishes to announce that 53 students at have earned Advanced Placement (AP) Scholar Awards in recognition of their exceptional achievement on AP Exams.

"The College Board’s 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," Sullivan wrote. "About 22% of the 2.2 million students worldwide who took AP Exams performed at a sufficiently high level to also earn an AP Scholar Award.  The College Board recognizes several levels of achievement based on students’ performance on AP Exams."


Nicholas Fahey 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.

The following 13 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: 

-Cecilia Chiang
-Harsh Dedhiya
-Stephanie Desrochers
-Nicholas Fahey
-Helena Keown
-Abhishek Kulkarni
-Marko Lazarevic
-Samantha Lee
-Matthew Martin
-Amit Patel
-Shamsh Shaikh
-Rachel Vozikis
-Lina Wu

Ten 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:

-Irina Grigoryeva
-Sarah Jamal-Eddine
-Nicholas Merlino
-Alexandra Minghella
-Rachel Murgo
-Eric Salina
-Timothy Sunnerberg
-Nikhil Thakkar
-Mark Whitney
-Xin Zhang

Twenty-nine students qualified for the AP Scholar Award by completing three or more AP Exams with scores of 3 or higher. The AP Scholars are:

-Gabriel Arcaro
-Hope Becker
-Ansh Bhammar
-Alyssa Cameron
-Natasha Chatterjee
-Jonathan Chellali
-Kyle Glennon
-Dora Kadish
-Yash Kamani
-Ashay Lokhande
-Kevin Macdonald
-Jordan Mathieson
-G A. Maurer
-Pranav Menon
-Rachel Merullo
-Edmund Mitchell
-Lance Olney
-Gilad Oved
-Dipen Patel
-Kush Patel
-William Poirier
-Joseph Sateriale
-Erin Savage
-Michael Seleman
-Shivesh Shah
-Stuti Shah
-Kumaraman Srivastav
-Meghan Winters
-Lawrence Yu


Of this year’s award recipients at Burlington High School, 11 are juniors, Sullivan said. These students have at least one more year in which to complete college-level work and possibly earn a higher-level AP Scholar Award.

Through 34 different college-level courses and exams, AP provides willing and academically prepared students with the opportunity to earn college credit or advanced placement and stand out in the college admission process. Each exam is developed by a committee of college and university faculty and AP teachers, ensuring that AP Exams are aligned with the same high standards expected by college faculty at some of the nation’s leading liberal arts and research institutions. More than 3600 colleges and universities annually receive AP scores. Most four-year colleges in the United States provide credit and/or advanced placement for qualifying exam scores. Research consistently shows that AP students who score a 3 or higher on AP Exams (based on a scale from 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest) typically experience greater academic success in college and have higher college graduation rates than students who do not participate in AP.

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 world’s 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 — 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.


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