89 CHS, WVHS students receive AP Scholar honors

By CHRISTY ARMSTRONG
Posted 11/18/18

Two local schools — Cleveland High School and Walker Valley High School — recently celebrated the achievements of 89 students who received special honors after taking Advanced Placement exam …

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89 CHS, WVHS students receive AP Scholar honors

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Two local schools — Cleveland High School and Walker Valley High School — recently celebrated the achievements of 89 students who received special honors after taking Advanced Placement exam during the 2017-18 year. 

Cleveland High School had 40 AP Scholars, 10 AP Scholars with Honor, five AP Scholars with Distinction and one National AP Scholar this year.  

“We are very proud of this year’s AP Scholars and have seen this program continue to grow,” said Autumn O’Bryan, principal of Cleveland High. “In 2001, we had just one AP Scholar; now we have a significant list.” 

Walker Valley High School had 21 AP Scholars, five AP Scholars with Honor and eight AP Scholars with Distinction.

Students at both schools have the opportunity to enroll in Advanced Placement courses and take exams through the College Board AP program. If they pass, these credits from these honors course can sometimes be substituted for credits at colleges and universities. 

Students taking AP exams earn scores on a scale of 1 to 5. College Board recognizes the students who earn good scores on multiple AP exams. 

“The honors these students received represent some of the many academic achievements we see at Walker Valley High School,” said Nat Akiona, principal of Walker Valley. “We are proud they have gone through this process and have come out of it successful.” 

Students who receive scores of 3 or higher after taking three or more AP exams are recognized each year as AP Scholars. 

An AP Scholar with Honor is a student who receives 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 AP Scholar with Distinction honor is for students who receive 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.

The highest honor, National AP Scholar, is given to students in the United States who receive an average score of at least 4 on all AP exams taken, and score 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams.

“This is the first year we have had a National AP Scholar — Brian Byerly,” said O’Bryan. “We are especially proud of him.” 

Byerly graduated from CHS with the Class of 2018 as a Graduate of Distinction. He achieved many academic honors during high school, including being named a National Merit Scholar. He now attends the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. 

Below is the full list of local students receiving AP Scholar honors for 2018: 

National AP Scholar 

• Cleveland — Brian Byerly

AP Scholars with Distinction 

• Cleveland — Noah Allen-Darden, Joseph Brown, Brian Byerly, Lauren Proctor and Roshan Soni.

• Walker Valley — Joelee Fugate, Anna Klepzig, Samuel McDonald, Dakota McKnight, Tyler Morris, Beau Neidich, Alexandria Smith and Gable Willis.

AP Scholars with Honor

• Cleveland — Jane Anderson, Emma Brannen, Elena Burton, Todd Deluca, Olivia Elif, Evan Griffin, Kelsie Hartley, Linsy Lawson, Lake Preston-Self and Jaynae Wright.

• Walker Valley — Allison Adams, Leslie Baker, Bailey Mullett, Jessica Potter and Brandon Solsbee. 

AP Scholars 

• Cleveland — Cameron Alexander, Noah Avery, Zachary Bianucci, Katherine Blake, Reese Cavitt, Daniel Collins, Marissa Couch, Preston Emrey, Kathryn Estes, Julie Goonetilleke, Samuel Gray, Jakob Guentensberger, Aaron Hayes, Madison Hobbs, Cassidy Jones, Matthew Marino, Tyler Massey, Sara McKay, Ethan Miles, Alexander Morrow, Sebastian Muth, Matthew Newman, Katelynn Ochoa, Nathan Pan, Aarsh Patel, Aarti Patel, Preston Pham, Samantha Reid, Anna Renshaw, Krista Riad, Kathie Rockhill, Breana Shields, Gabriel Shoop, Caesar Siclare, Will Stewart, Joseph Watson, Rebecca White, Leslie Wiley, Megan Witz and Evan Wood-Lipscomb.

• Walker Valley — Eric Brehen, Natalie Church, Colby Crowder, Brianna Foutz, Garrett Frye, Abigail Herron, Mattea Hooper, John Klepzig, Rachel Lauterbach, Viktoriya Marushka, Catherine McConnell, Jaden McCullough, Austin Miller, Tyler Morris, Savannah Roper, Elizabeth Sample, Kylie Squires, Matthew Stuckey, Nichole VanDusen, Kena Walker and Reyna Whitaker.

Principals of both schools say they plan to continue to promote AP course opportunities for students and hope to see even more students achieving AP Scholar honors next year. Akiona explained students who pass these courses continue to benefit when they enroll at colleges or universities.       

"AP courses are more nationally recognized and may allow them to get out of some of their college courses, saving time and money," said Akiona. 

Bradley County’s other high school, Bradley Central, did not have any AP Scholars, as it does not offer AP courses or exams. Students there can instead enroll in Cambridge honors courses and take Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) exams. 

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