This article was contributed by San Benito High School Communications Manager Adam Breen.
Dozens of San Benito High School students have been named AP Scholars for their performance on Advanced Placement tests during the 2017-18 school year. Through the Scholar Awards, the national AP program recognizes high school students who have demonstrated outstanding college-level achievement through their performance on their exams.
The San Benito High School Board of Trustees on Nov. 13 recognized AP scholars who took the exam as juniors and are still on campus. Most of the graduated seniors who took the exams last year are now in college.
Six members of the Baler Class of 2018 earned National AP Scholar status, which is granted to students who receive an average score of at least 4 on all AP exams taken, and scores or 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams. Those students are: Bryce Eggers, Abigail Greene, Rogelio Leal, Saul Martinez, Catherine Nordstrom and Aeja Rosette.
Thirty-four students made the AP Scholars With Distinction list (see attached), which is granted to those who earned 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.
Twelve SBHS students were named AP Scholars With Honors, meaning they had 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. The students in this category were Safia Bootwala, Alan Chan, Nichole Cullumber, Oliver Dolan, Carissa Garcia, Colton Hacker, Grace Nehme, Kathryn Quinones, Jordan Ramos, Michelle Rodriguez, Jennifer Rosas and Erin Taylor.
Seventy-two Baler students made the AP Scholars list, meaning they earned scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP exams. See the attached list for names.
By taking an AP course and earning scores of 3 or above on the 5-point related AP exam, students can save on college expenses. According to the College Board, which administers the tests, most colleges and universities nationwide offer college credit, advanced placement, or both, for qualifying AP Exam scores.
San Benito High School has a robust AP program, offering 19 courses with a total enrollment of 1,426 students this year. Since the 2013-14 school year, enrollment in these classes has jumped by 541 students.