During the 2019-20 school year, 85 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 great number of AP Scholars in an unprecedented school year where our AP students were not actually able to complete their AP courses in person with their teachers,” said Sam Moss (‘63), dean of college guidance. “We are a relatively small school with a senior class of only 115 students and these numbers reflect very highly on our academic program and preparation for college, especially considering 100% of students taking AP classes also take the exams."
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 2020 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, four 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 Yunhao Cao, Frances I. Fields, Zijian Gao, and Zheng Yin.
Twenty-three 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 Kasey N. Barnett, Abigail M. Burris, Yunhao Cao, Yihan Cui, Yuheng Ding, Caroline M. Dingler, Frances I. Fields, Riccardo Frisiani, Zijian Gao, Yicheng Guo, Ena C. Hill, Angelina A. Laramie,Jalyn M. Massey, Eli L. Mayes, Jonathan Murphy, Rhema Onyia, Sharon Sun, Yizhe Wang, Elizabeth R. Warden, Steven Yan, Zheng Yin, Yi Yuan, 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, Trang Dang, Teagan M. Martin, Cappie H. May, Huy M. Nguyen, Rushabh T. Patel, Robert L. Pearson, Oluwasiji O. Soetan, Ziyi Yang, Bojun Zhang, Yiwen Zhang, and Sihan Zhao.
Fifty-one students qualified for the AP Scholar Award by completing three or more AP Examinations, with grades of 3 or higher. The AP Scholars are Carter M. Anderson, Alexander D. Austin, Caleb J. Baldwin, Eli V. Baldwin, Leigh C. Barnes, Sarah A. Barngrover, Daria A. Black, Madeline E. Bradshaw, Molly G. Brewer, Cooper E. Cates, Ashanti J. Cobb, Elsa Q. Corbin,Isabella P. Cox, Henry N. Crawford, Tysen R. Dougherty, Weizhe Feng, Stuart Gakio, Leslie G. Garlinghouse, Yiran Li, Xiang Lian, Brock C. Lignell, Haobo Luo, Veeka Malanchuk, Joseph F. Manning, Carl L. McDurmon, Radha R. Miniyar, Katherine W. Monroe, Kobe C. Nadu, Weerin Ngochanthra, Anish B. Patel, Sia A. Patel, Alec S. Patterson, Chandler J. Pittman, Nicholas F. Powell, Emily G. Prusakowski, Tate L. Roberts, Knox W. Sirmans, Elissa D. Smith, Sophie A. Stepp, John L. Todd, Long Truong, Sarah F. Tunnell, Zane A. Walters,Qinbo R. Wang, Hampton A. Watkins, Grace H. Watters, Ivy C. Watters, Dawson S. Williams, Ashlyn B. Woods, Yutong Wu, and Austin Yearout.
Every fall, the AP Program recognizes high school students who have demonstrated outstanding college-level achievement through their performance on multiple AP Exams.
AP Scholar Awards come in different levels and types. Click here to see the criteria.
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.