The College Board announced that 129 Upper St. Clair High School students earned the designation of AP Scholar, including nine National AP Scholars. These students earned recognition for their exceptional achievement in the college-level Advanced Placement Program in 2018. “Our students are to be commended for their high academic performance in what is widely considered the most challenging curriculum offered to high school students,” said Dr. Louis Angelo, USCHS principal.
In May 2018, 346 USC students completed 696 AP exams in 22 subjects, earning a 90% pass rate. AP tests are scored 1–5; students must earn a three or higher to pass and possibly qualify for college credit. (Colleges and universities have independent policies regarding awarding credits for AP courses.)
Nine students were named National AP Scholars as well as an AP Scholars with Distinction for earning an average grade of at least four on all AP exams taken, and scores of four or higher on eight or more exams. 2018 graduates Kevin Chen, Steven Cheung, Ariana Chiu, Nadith Dharmasena, Sahil Doshi, John Gordley, Jagadeesh Gummadi, Aritro Nandi, and Abigail Wagner were recognized for this achievement, the highest honor offered by the College Board.
Thirty-seven USC students were recognized as AP Scholars with Distinction. To qualify, students must earn an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP exams taken and scores of three or higher on five or more of these exams. The list of honorees includes 2018 graduates Jonah Auslander, Lily Bonasso, John Cappetta, Caitlin Cassidy, John De la Parra, Meredith Engel, David Frauen, Michael Gallagher, Ross Gibson, Jonah Glunt, Isaac Goodman, Kyrie Graham, Minori Hayakawa, Matthew Higgs, Andrew Hobart, Michael Hrehocik, Meghan Johnson, Wyatt Keating, Kevin Kwok, Jacob Lantzman, Austin Li, Dennis Li, Spencer Miller, Zachary Miller, Reis Milone, Emily Molitoris, Nicholas Ravasio, Andrew Rocks, Harshini Sakthivel, Kriti Shah, Mary Wilding, and James Wilkinson; and current USCHS seniors Eshita Chhajlani, Samuel Ding, Shalmalee Joshi, Arushi Khaitan, and Serena Luo.
Thirty-four USC students earned recognition as AP Scholars with Honor by earning an average score of 3.25 or higher on all AP exams taken and scores of three or higher on four or more of these exams. The list of honorees includes 2018 graduates Taim Aizooky, Mia Beyerl, Grace Blumenfeld, James Boston, Alexander Cohen, Alexander Gasper, Akshar Golakiya, Anna Groninger, Kathryn Hall, Anvi Kumar, Parachi Masown, Madelyn McConaghy, Hannah Pribanic, Rebecca Quinn, Daniel Speer, Elizabeth Walsh, Matthew White, and Cassandra Whyte; current USCHS seniors John Beggy, Samuel Burt, Justin Dreyer, Hashim Durrani, Miles Friedman, Meghan Joon, Dina Leyzarovich, Jacob Musser, Ritik Parmas, Shivam Patel, Hridhay Reddy, Tushar Roy, Paarth Shankar, and Yingqi Tao; and current USCHS juniors Katherine Hobart and Alex Lampe.
Forty-nine USC students earned the distinction of AP Scholar by earning scores of three or higher on three or more exams. AP Scholars include 2018 graduates Emma Artnak, Taylor Bartusiak, Samuel Cancilla, Johanna Chikuni, Alyssa Cuddy, Michael Daley, Thejaswi Duvvuru, Mary Engel, Brendan Fortunato, Jack Giba, John Hansberry; Nathan Johnsen, Alexandra Khani, James Khor, Thomas Kyle, Laura Lapham, Caroline LeKachman, Alexander Majkic, Melanie Mantel, Joshua Meyer, Nicholas Mologne, Krisha Monpara, Brandon Novak, Elizabeth Petley, Rayna Recht, Abigail Riemer, Amanda Ross, Savannah Shaw, Daniel Spilsbury, John Steve, Logan Szajnecki, and Ava White; USCHS seniors Anber Bhuiyan, Benjamin Burlovic, Brooke Christiansen, Mia Collis, Veronica Gibbons, Caroline Hendrix, Christopher Hess, Matthew McCormick, Brendan Neal, Neha Patel, Taylor Quinn, Vikram Reddy, Ethan Rutowski, Olivia Schlichting, Ayush Sharma, and Grace Wagner; and current USCHS junior Braden Yates.
The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program offers students the opportunity to take challenging college-level courses while attending high school and to receive college credit, advanced placement, or both, for successful performance on AP exams. USCHS currently offers 23 AP courses, including AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP World History, AP U.S. History, AP Comparative Government & Politics, AP U.S. Government & Politics, AP Macroeconomics, AP Microeconomics, AP Psychology, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Statistics, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Environmental Science, AP Physics 1, AP Physics C: Mechanics, AP Physics C: Electricity & Magnetism, AP French, AP German, AP Spanish, AP Music Theory, and AP Computer Science A.