Forty-five current and recently graduated students at Cape Coral High School earned 2012 Advanced Placement Scholar Awards in recognition of their exceptional achievement on AP Exams.
"We're very proud that we had the highest AP exam pass rate in the West Zone, with a 48.8 percent pass rate," said Cape Coral High School Principal Matthew Mederios.
The current numbers are an increase from 40 students from the previous school year and included seven students that earned the highest award, the AP Scholar with Distinction.
"I think it is a reflection of the rigor in the curriculum we are offering and expanded advanced placement courses we are offering," he said. "It is also a reflection of our high-performing upper classmen."
The AP Scholars are: Hailey Brock, Andre Cardoso, Ryan Cohen, Corey Connell, Andrew Davis, Shivani Desai, Richard Dobson, Andy Dong, Samantha Fox, Caitlin Gillies, Leva Girdvainyte, Vivian Gonring, Dylan Humenay, Mitchell Irvin, Ethan Jermy, John Levenhagen, Yenis Lorenzo, Rebecca Merritt, Samantha Merritt, Killian Muollo, Marco Nardiello, Marcos Olivarez, Kyle Partridge, John Polidan, Shelby Pulley, Sebastian Sarria, Joseph Schiavi, Lewis Spangler, Katina White and Snow White.
The AP Scholars with Honor are: Nicole Cohen, Jennifer Crawford, Ryan Earl, Rachel Gonzalez-Louis, Tyler Goss, Ian Maccallum, and Evan Moore.
"Those are students that receive an average score of at least 3.25 average out of a five on all the AP exams they take and they have to get a score of 3 or higher on at least four AP exams," Mederios said. "They can take as many AP courses as they want, and can take AP courses starting in ninth grade."
The AP Scholars with Distinction are: Karen Acosta, Hae-yuan Chang, Caroline Gomez, Aisha Stevens, Carolina Tiuso, Kevin Wells, and Kelly Wise.
"The AP Scholars with Distinction is a 3.5 on all their exams taken, and at least a three on at least five exams," he said.
Of this year's award recipients at Cape Coral High, 20 are sophomores or juniors. These students have at least one more year in which to complete college-level work and possibly earn a higher-level AP Scholar Award.
"That has happened a lot in the past," Mederios said. "Typically you will see that next year, more as AP Scholars with Honor and AP Scholars with Distinction."
According to district officials, The College Board's AP Program provides motivated 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.
About 18 percent of the nearly 1.7 million students worldwide who took AP Exams performed at a sufficiently high level to also earn an AP Scholar Award.
"It also looks good on a resume," he said, "for their college applications and more importantly for these students that pass these exams, they are eligible for that free college credit."