WHEELING - Thirty students of The Linsly School - including 15 from the graduated Class of 2012, 14 from the current senior Class of 2013 and one from the current junior Class of 2014 - have earned the designation of AP Scholar by the College Board in recognition of their exceptional achievement on the college-level Advanced Placement Program Exams.
The College Board's Advanced Placement Program enables willing and academically prepared students to pursue college-level studies - with the opportunity to earn college credit, advanced placement or both - while still in high school. Through AP courses in 34 subjects, each culminating in a rigorous exam, students learn to think critically, construct solid arguments and see many sides of an issue - skills that prepare them for college and beyond.
Students took AP Exams in May after completing challenging college-level courses at their high schools.
Members of The Linsly School’s senior Class of 2013 who were recognized by the College Board for their performance as juniors on AP Exams include, from left front, Rongkai Sha of China; Jasmine Shah, Eleanor Weaver, Taylor Cunningham and Brett Nanners, all of Wheeling; and Haa-young Cho of South Korea; back row, Hannah Wagner of Triadelphia; Brady Brown of Clarksville, Pa.; David Brinsky and Justin Lee, both of Wheeling; and Jessica Zhan of China. Not pictured are seniors Chelsea Fletcher of Wheeling, Min Jun Kim of South Korea and junior Ruicheng Zhou of China.
The College Board recognizes several levels of achievement based on students' performance on AP exams.
Two Linsly students qualified for the AP Scholar with Distinction Award by earning an average grade of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and grades of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams.
These students, from the graduated Class of 2012, are Louis Khourey of Wheeling and James McClure of Triadelphia.
Eight Linsly students qualified for the AP Scholar with Honor Award by earning an average grade of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and grades of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams.
The students receiving this honor from the Class of 2013 are: Taylor Cunningham, Justin Lee and Brett Nanners, all of Wheeling, and Min Jun Kim of South Korea.
Those students who qualified for the AP Scholar with Honor Award from the graduated Class of 2012 are: Cecelia Favede of St. Clairsville, Collin Gaus of Wheeling, Carolyn Tolbert of Martins Ferry and Robert Weir of Triadelphia.
Twenty Linsly students qualified for the AP Scholar Award by completing three or more AP Examinations with grades of 3 or higher. Students from the Class of 2013 receiving this distinction are: David Brinsky, Chelsea Fletcher, Jasmine Shah and Eleanor Weaver, all of Wheeling; Kathryn Andenoro of Kalispell, Mont.; Brady Brown of Clarksville, Pa.; Haa-young Cho of South Korea; Rongkai Sha and Yuzhou Zhan of China; and Hannah Wagner of Triadelphia. Additionally, Ruicheng Zhou of China from the Class of 2014 was also recognized as an AP Scholar.
Students from the graduated Class of 2012 receiving this distinction are Gabriella Archbold, James Brinsky, Joseph Purpura, Regan Stein and Neil Tennant of Wheeling; Sydney Balgo and Hannah Shaheen from St. Clairsville; Annika Klemperer of Belleue, Wash.; and Meredith Rohan of Rayland.
Of this year's award recipients at Linsly, 14 were juniors and one was a sophomore at the time of the AP examinations and will have at least one more year in which to complete college-level work and possibly earn another AP Scholar Award.
At Linsly, students have the opportunity to take AP courses in 12 different areas.