30 Hazen students named AP Scholars, Scholars with honors

November 3, 2011

By Staff

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More than 50 high school students in the Renton School District — including 30 students from Hazen High School — have earned the designation of Advanced Placement Scholar or AP Scholar with Honors by The College Board.

The designations are in recognition of the students’ exceptional achievement in AP Program courses and on college-level AP exams.

Kyle Yuasa, Priscilla Yu, Taylor Yee, Jack Chen and Michael Valentine (back row from left to right), and Kyle Arinobu, Katelyn Neff, Maggie (Yong) Huang, Diana Chen and Aileen Isaharova (front row from left to right) are Hazen High School Advanced Placement Scholars. Contributed

Only about 18 percent of the more than 1.9 million high school students worldwide who took AP tests performed at sufficiently high levels to merit the recognition of AP Scholar or AP Scholar with Honors.

There were 14 Hazen students who received the designation of AP Scholar for receiving scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP exams. AP exam scores range from 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest.

The 2011 Hazen graduates who are AP Scholars are Erin Anderson, Tyler Brown, Cassandra Chandler, Luc Charbonneau, Amy Delo, Meredith Ladd, Michael Mayer, Autumn Roybal and Logan Walton.

Current Hazen seniors awarded the AP Scholar honor include Kyle Arinobu, Jack Chen, Daniel Huie, Katelyn Neff and Taylor Yee.

There are also 14 Hazen students who received the designation of AP Scholar with Honors, granted to students who received an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP exams taken, with scores of 3 or higher on four or more of the exams.

Graduates from the class of 2011 who received the award are Jason Choi, Ben Maison, Kyle Martin, Jesse Miles, Kaela Nurmi, Christian Roy and Alan Vu.

Current Hazen seniors who received the distinction include Diana Chen, Yong Huang, Aileen Isakharova, Senay Kargaci, Michael Valentine, Priscilla Yu and Kyle Yuasa.

There were two Hazen students who received the designation of AP Scholar with Distinction, granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP exams taken, with scores of 3 or higher on five or more of the exams.

The 2011 Hazen graduates awarded with that honor are Mishaal Aleem and Kelsey Mejlaender.

Students took AP exams in May after completing college-level courses at their high schools, and many of the recognized students have graduated and are now in college.

Some took the test in their junior year and are now seniors in high school.

The College Board’s AP program offers students the opportunity to take challenging college-level courses in high school. Students receive college credit, advanced placement in college, or both, for successful performance on the AP exams.

This year, 267 students at Hazen are enrolled in one or more AP courses at the school, including AP biology, AP calculus, AP environmental science, AP English language, AP German, AP micro economics, AP macro economics, AP physics, AP statistics, AP U.S. government, AP French and AP U.S. history.

In the spring, Hazen will proctor more than 500 AP exams.

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