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Recent graduate Molly Johnson was named National AP Scholar as well as an AP Scholar with Distinction for earning an average grade of at least 4 on all AP exams taken and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more exams. Twenty-two additional students were recognized as AP Scholars with Distinction. To qualify, students must earn 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 list of honorees includes the following 2013 graduates: Toren Andrewson, Clayton Bouchard, Levi Bowers, Julian Dech, Lauren Ferris, William Ferris, Sarah Francis, Lea Giotto, Rachael Houser, Molly Johnson, Kelsey Kirby, Timothy Lagnese, Mericka McCabe, Catherine Michaels, Dante Piccolo, Matthew Regueiro, Johnathan Roppo, Mathilda Savocchia, Laura Schumacher, Rachael Skolnekovich and Nelson Westwood; as well as senior Axel Gross.

Eleven Quaker Valley students earned the distinction of AP Scholar with Honors by earning an average score of 3.25 or higher on all AP Exams taken and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams. Quaker Valley AP Scholars with Honors include 2013 graduates: Caitlin Carlson, Molly Hill, Burke Moser, Sebastien Pereira, Joshua Szymanski and David Whale; seniors Joshua Billings, Sophia Bunde, Logan Schmitt and Robert Veltre; and junior Justin Green.

Thirty-three Quaker Valley students earned the distinction of AP Scholar by earning scores of 3 or higher on three or more exams.

AP Scholars include 2013 graduates: Rocco Brown, Solange Fairlie, Iris Ferris, Molly Flam, Roy Hadfield, Stefan Henschke, Andrew House, Courtney Kroner, Jonathan Pijar, John Pilewicz, Olivia Poppenberg, Elizabeth Ruscitti, Laura Stinson, Rose Swanson, Luke Torrance and Laura Wesnofske; as well as seniors Robert Cary, Charles Daval, Julianna Halcomb, Benjamin Haybron, Isabella Hubsch, Lauren Life, Katherine Manuel, Nicholas Medich, Jocelyn Okane, Heather Peduzzi, Cameron Peterkin, Pilar Puyana, Alexander Quinn, Adam Stanley, Benjamin Utterback, Emily Veeck and Harrison West.

Source: Quaker Valley School District

Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Sixty-six Quaker Valley High School students were named AP Scholars, including one national AP Scholar — a record number for the district, administrators said.

“As the most rigorous high school program in the country, AP courses help to prepare our students for success beyond Quaker Valley,” high school Principal Andrew Surloff said.

“Our students' high level of achievement on these exams validates the high quality instruction that happens in our classrooms each day.”

In May, 159 Quaker Valley students completed 303 AP exams in 21 subjects, according to the district.

Those students earned a 93-percent pass rate — which is a record high for Quaker Valley, administrators said.

The state average was a 58-percent pass rate, district spokeswoman Tina Vojtko said.

More than 40 percent of Quaker Valley students who participated in the AP exams were named scholars.

“Quaker Valley prides itself on offering all students opportunities for advanced learning,” Superintendent Joseph Clapper said.

“As a result, more than half of our graduates successfully completed at least one AP exam during their high school career.

“That is phenomenal.”

The College Board's Advanced Placement Program allows students to take college-level courses while still in high school, and to receive college credit, advanced placement or both for successful performance on AP Exams.

AP tests are given scores of 1-5. Students must earn a 3 or higher to pass and qualify for college credit. At Quaker Valley, 53 percent of the Class of 2013 completed and passed at least one AP exam.

Quaker Valley offers 21 AP courses — including six online.

Bobby Cherry is an associate editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-324-1408 or

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