During the 2018-19 school year, 90 Darlington students earned the designation of AP Scholar by The College Board in recognition of their exceptional achievement on the college-level Advanced Placement Program (AP) Exams.
"Darlington is extremely pleased and proud to have such a large number of AP Scholars,” said Sam Moss (‘63), dean of college guidance. “Since we are a relatively small school, with a senior class of only 124 students, these numbers reflect very highly on our academic program and preparation for college."
The College Board’s AP Program offers students the opportunity to take challenging college-level courses while still in high school, and to receive college credit, advanced placement or both for successful performance on the AP Exams. Students took AP Exams in May 2019 after completing challenging college-level courses at their high schools. The College Board recognizes several levels of achievement based on the student’s performance on AP Exams.
At Darlington, eight students qualified for the National AP Scholar Award by earning an average grade of 4 or higher on a 5-point scale on all AP Exams taken, and grades of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams. These students are Olivia A. Barfield, Yunhao Cao, Jackson C. Eady, Zijian Gao, Jiaqi Jiang, Sloman R. McDurmon, Arnold Miao, and Siqi Wu.
Thirty-one 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 are Olivia A. Barfield, Leigh C. Barnes, Kasey N. Barnett, Abigail M. Burris, Yunhao Cao, Trang Dang; Caroline M. Dingler, Jackson C. Eady, Frances Fields, Zijian Gao, Jiaxuan Han, Olivia Harper, Ena C. Hill, Natalie F. Horah, Huaibi Hu, Margaret L. Inman, Jiaqi Jiang, Jalyn M. Massey, Sloman R. McDurmon, Arnold Miao, Ram Miniyar, Michael O. Ponnle, Satyatejas G. Reddy, Kinley D. Sanders, Xiangyi Sun, Giulia Verzino, Siqi Wu, Zheng Yin, Xiaochen Zhang, Ziqi Zheng, and Beining Zhu.
Twelve 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. These students are Lauren A. Botwinik, Yuheng Ding, Benjamin A.Doig, Angelina A. Laramie, Joseph F. Manning, Teagan M. Martin, Dan N. Nguyen, Jonathan J. Pieroni, Grace K. Wagshul, Yizhe Wang, Dawson S. Williams, and YiDong Xu.
Fourty-seven students qualified for the AP Scholar Award by completing three or more AP Examinations, with grades of 3 or higher. The AP Scholars are Akinwale A. Akinbolagbe, Amelia G. Allen, Thomas F. Atha, Caleb J. Baldwin, Eli V. Baldwin, Hayden D. Baldwin, Lawson W. Blake, William E. Bowman, Molly G. Brewer, Andrew S. Brunt, William L. Camp, Cooper E. Cates, Kathryn A. Chunn, Ashanti J. Cobb, Yihan Cui, Anthony J. Dias, Andrew W. Ferderer, Ellie G. Flynn, Riccardo Frisiani, Evelyn A. Fuenmayor, Luke W. Gober, Yicheng Guo, Yuchen Y. Guo, Yunzhou Guo, Ashley M. Hankinson, Adam Himes, Morgan L. Ivester, Marissa Joseph, Kacey A. Kemp, Trang T. Khuc, Haobo Luo, Veeka Malanchuk, Jonathan Murphy, Rhema Onyia, Harsh T. Patel, Rushabh T. Patel, Chandler J. Pittman, Nicholas F. Powell, Garrett B. Sheffield, Sophie A. Stepp, John A. Ugbe, Qinbo R. Wang, Yiyun Wang, Grace H. Watters, Smith P. Wheeler, Steven Yan, Tammy Yan.
Through more than 30 different college-level courses and exams, AP provides motivated and academically prepared students with the opportunity to earn college credit or advanced placement and stand out in the college admissions process. Each exam is developed by a committee of college and university faculty and AP teachers, ensuring that our exams are aligned with the same high standards expected by college faculty at some of the nation’s leading liberal arts and research institutions. AP is accepted by more than 3,600 colleges and universities worldwide for college credit, advanced placement, or both on the basis of successful AP Exam grades. This includes more than 90% of four-year institutions in the United States. Research consistently shows that AP students who score a 3 or higher on AP Exams (based on a scale from 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest) typically experience greater academic success in college and higher graduation rates than students who do not participate in AP.
The College Board is a not-for-profit membership organization whose mission is to connect students to college success and opportunity. Founded in 1900, the association is composed of more than 5,600 schools, colleges, universities and other educational organizations. Each year, The College Board serves 7 million students and their parents, 23,000 high schools, and 3,800 colleges through major programs and services in college admissions, guidance, assessment, financial aid, enrollment, and teaching and learning. Among its best-known programs are the SAT, the PSAT/NMSQT and the Advanced Placement (AP) Program. The College Board is committed to the principles of excellence and equity, and that commitment is embodied in all of its programs, services, activities and concerns.