In a media release (below) issued by the Kokomo School Corporation, it was announced that 43 Kokomo High School students (and recent graduates) earned 2016 Advanced Placement (AP) Scholar awards and recognized by the College Board for their exceptional achievement on college-level Advanced Placement exams.
Media Release issued October 3, 2016 from David Barnes, Director of Communications, Kokomo School Corporation
At Kokomo High School (KHS), 23 AP courses in art, English, mathematics, music, science, social studies, and world language – and their corresponding exams – are available to all students through the Advanced College Preparatory Program. KHS pays all AP exam fees for its students.
The new Kokomo High School “Student Success Awards” program, both expands and builds on the highly successful AP Training & Incentives (AP-TIP IN) program. For the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 school years, this monetary awards program provides incentives for students who score 3, 4, or 5 on any AP assessments (and for students who score well on IB Diploma Program assessments). As part of the program, Kokomo High School is continuing its AP-TIP IN Professional Development Program, through the University of Notre Dame, for all KHS AP teachers in English, Mathematics, and Science.
Kokomo High School has shown a dramatic increase in AP course enrollments since being selected to participate in the AP-TIP IN grant. Requests for all AP courses totaled more than 1,300 for the 2015-2016 school year. That increase in AP enrollments corresponded with more students earning AP Scholar Awards. The number of AP scholars has more than doubled since when Kokomo Schools became involved in these special AP incentive programs.
KHS Honors Coordinator Mike Susong noted: “This is a proud accomplishment for our students, our school, and our community. These students who earned AP Scholar honors demonstrated their commitment to excellence through their hard work in rigorous courses. The students utilized structured, after-school tutoring sessions and attended AP student conferences on Saturdays as they prepared for their AP exams. Our dedicated teachers attended summer and fall training sessions to learn new ways to help students succeed. At KHS, we are committed to excellence in education; our students believe in our vision, and are rising to the challenge.”
Of the 2016 Scholars, 3 – Mingquan Liu, Anthony Tran, and Junhao Xiong – earned the prestigious National AP Scholar award. These KHS students earned the award by being among the top 1% (more than 3 million high school students took AP exams) nationally who earned scores of at least 4 (5 is best) on all AP exams taken, and 4 or higher on eight or more of these college-level exams. The three students completed a combined 33 AP courses, and recorded a combined average exam score of 4.36.
Thirteen KHS students (including the three who earned National AP Scholar honors) were among the top 2.5% nationally who recorded 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 college-level exams to earn an AP Scholar with Distinction award. The students who earned this award follow: Aidan Abney, Christian Abney, Xuanfeng Li, Mingquan Liu, Yue Liu, Aaryan Morrison, Rodrig Naska, Yuelan Sheng, Aditi Sood, Benjamin Tracy, Anthony Tran, Haoran Xiong, and Junhao Xiong.
Four KHS students – Jacob Ashburn, Amy Edwards, Jacob Hu, and Lana Pham – were named AP Scholars with Honor for being among the top 3% nationally who recorded 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 college-level exams.
Another 26 KHS students were among the top 5% nationally who recorded scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP exams to earn an AP Scholar award. The students who earned this award follow: Noah Burket, Kenneth Burton, Zachary Carroll, Sarah Cheney, Hangji Cheng, Edgar Coapman, Kirsten Frey, Wesley Grove, Kyle Heaton, Parker Hedrick, Keagan James, Sharon Ling, Brittany Lucas, Chaitanya Modi, Demitra Novinger, Aurora Parslow, Madeline Ryals, Catherine Skaggs, Andrea Stout, Rachel Stout, Kristina Tracy, Rolando Tyler, Jiamian Wang, Paige Ward, Alexander Whiteman, and Audrey Whiteman.