Boyce Student Among 18 from Foxcroft Named AP Scholars

Margaret Brown of Boyce, VA

Eighteen Foxcroft School students – nearly one-third of the 55 who took Advanced Placement Exams last May — earned AP Scholar designation from the College Board for exceptional achievement on the Advanced Placement Program Exams, Academic Dean Alexander O. Northrup announced Monday.

This is the eighth consecutive year in which Foxcroft has seen the number of AP Scholars reach double digits. Worldwide, only 18 percent of the 1.9 million 2011 AP test-takers performed well enough to be recognized. The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program 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.

Eight members of last spring’s graduating class qualified for the AP Scholar with Distinction Award status by achieving an average of at least 3.5 (out of 5) on all the AP exams taken and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of the tests. They are: Margaret Brown of Boyce, VA, who now attends the University of Virginia, Jordan Cline (Middleburg, VA, St. John’s College in Annapolis), Amy Ho (Hong Kong, New York University), Sohee Kim (South Korea, University of California at Berkeley), Tess Mackey (Alexandria, VA, The College of William & Mary), Lida Xu (China, Wake Forest University), Isabel Zhang (China, UCLA), and Erica Zhou (Katy, TX, Georgetown University).

Three individuals were named AP Scholars with Honor for achieving an average of 3.25 on all the AP exams they took and scores of 3 or higher on four or more tests. They are 2011 graduates Jae Yeon Ham (South Korea; University of Pennsylvania), Eva Moss (New Zealand, Sewanee: University of the South), and Arabella Myers (Winchester, VA; Virginia Polytechnic Institute and University).

Four current seniors and three recent graduates received the AP Scholar Award for receiving grades of 3 or higher on three or more AP Exams. The current seniors are Claire Finkel of Warrenton, Chloe Jung (South Korea), Kim Kluwe (Seal Beach, CA), and Samantha Nelson (Oak Hill VA)  The members of the Class of 2011 are  Claire Andrews (Pacific, MO; University of Missouri);  and Clancey Yovanovich (Upperville, VA; American University).

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Research consistently shows that students who score a 3 or higher on AP Exams typically experience greater academic success in college and have higher college graduation rates than students who do not participate in AP.