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Saint James students earn national academic honors

October 19, 2009

SAINT JAMES - Twenty-four students from Saint James School have earned national academic honors.

National Merit Scholarship Program

Sixth-former Robert Brooks is a national semifinalist in the 55th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

He is one of approximately 16,000 students vying for one of the 8,200 Merit Scholarship Awards.

In addition, sixth form classmates Zach Clouse, Will Howard, Ian Lukens and Samantha Simmons were honored as National Merit Commended Scholars. All placed among the top 5 percent of more than 1.5 million students who took the 2008 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

National Achievement Scholarship Program

Sixth-former Tierra Jones is a national semifinalist in the 46th annual National Achievement Scholarship Program. She is one of 1,600 black American high school seniors vying for one of the 700 National Achievement Scholarships. More than 160,000 high school students competed in the program when they took the 2008 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Sixth-former Anthony Douglas received a letter of participation.

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AP Scholar Awards

Twenty-one students earned Advanced Placement Scholar Awards from the College Board in recognition of their achievement on the AP exams. 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 the AP exams performed at a high level to earn the AP Scholar distinction. Saint James students took the AP exams in May.

Heading the list was Ryan Duncan '09, who earned the National AP Scholar Award by earning an average grade of 4 or higher on a five-point scale on all AP exams, and grades of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams.

Six students earned the AP Scholar with Distinction Award: Sarah Henney '09, sixth-former Will Howard, Olubanke Martins '09, Alina Rossini '09, Caroline Salisbury '09 and Nick Yraghi '09. They earned an average grade of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams, and grades of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams.

Four students earned the AP Scholar with Honor Award: sixth-former Zach Clouse, Danielle Ford '09, Alex Graham '09 and Patrick Knable '09. They earned an average grade of at least 3.25 on all AP exams, and grades of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams.

Ten students earned the AP Scholar Award: sixth-formers Mary Bacon and Robert Brooks, Sarah Gosling '09, Somi Kim '09, Se Young Lee '09, sixth-former Ian Lukens, Grant McWilliams '09, Sana Siddiqui '09, and sixth-formers Callan Spicher and Meg Steuer. They completed three or more AP exams with grades of 3 or higher.

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