39 Heathwood Students Named 2016 AP Scholars

Monday, November 21, 2016

Of the 74 Heathwood Juniors and Seniors who took AP exams at the end of the 2015-16 school year, 39—more than 50% —were honored as AP Scholars, and one, Senior Matthew Walsh, was recognized as a National AP Scholar.

Heathwood offers AP courses in more than a dozen subjects, ranging from American History to English Literature to Calculus to Environmental Science to Music Theory and Computer Science. Students who do well on the end-of-year exams for these challenging courses may receive college credit. Students who take multiple AP exams and whose average scores across all of those exams are high are recognized as AP Scholars.

Twenty Heathwood students were awarded the AP Scholar designation in 2016, meaning that they have received scores of 3 of higher on three or more AP exams. Those students included Seniors Jamie Altman, Sarah Buchanan, Aaron Harden, Sophia Holt, Ellie Ridley, Helen Rogers, Sarah Stormer, Caroline Strom, Sarah Sutton, and Nygel Vaughn, and Juniors Jaylen Davis, John Davis, Savannah Hillmeyer, Roy Mathews, Isabelle Robinson, Carter Smith, Julia Tenhover, Yufei Wang, Matt Watford, and John Weiss.  A score of 3 or above earns students college credit at most colleges and universities, so earning at least a 3 on an AP exam demonstrates college-level mastery of that subject.

Five Heathwood students were recognized as AP Scholars with Honor, signifying that they received an average score of 3.25 on all AP exams taken and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of those exams. Those students were Seniors Shuai Wang and Mary Royall Wilgis and Juniors Annie Heath, Aidan Powers, and Matthew Quan.

Thirteen Heathwood students earned recognition as AP Scholars with Distinction, which is granted to students who receive an average of at least 3.5 on all AP exams taken and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams. Those students included Seniors Annie Bauknight, Anna Farr, Caroline Nassab, Sonali Parmar, Robert Petit, Samantha Piper, McKenna Savoca, Rachel Shelley, Sally Wardlaw, Jordan Withycombe, and Sarah Ye, and Juniors Isabella Antonetti and Grayson Byrd.

Senior Matthew Walsh’s recognition as a National AP Scholar means that he earned an average score of at least 4 out of 5 on all AP exams taken and scores of 4 or higher on a remarkable eight or more of these exams.

At Heathwood Hall, we celebrate the academic successes of our students. The fact that almost 60% of our seniors took four or more AP courses before graduation speaks to the academic rigor that our community expects. At Heathwood, there is an expectation that our students take Advanced Placement courses in areas of their demonstrated interests and strengths and not to just build a better transcript for college. This is one reason why 85% of our students, as compared to 59% of South Carolina students achieved an AP score that may earn them credit for the course when they matriculate at college. Additionally, 78% of our juniors and seniors who took 3 or more AP courses were recognized as AP Scholars.  This demonstrates that our students are serious about committing themselves to academic excellence and are performing at a high level.  Additionally, the Advanced Placement courses at Heathwood Hall are taught by highly qualified teachers who not only prepare students for the AP exam, but more importantly they provide them with the content and skills that are necessary for a college course in a particular area.  When you have motivated students and exceptional teachers, like we have at Heathwood Hall, there is a synergistic effect that elevates everyone involved and produces students who are ready to meet the challenges of their lives beyond Heathwood Hall. 

-Lisa Norman