September 28, 2016

Ernst leads 31 Badin students with various AP Scholar awards

Garrett Ernst, from the Class of 2016, led the way as 31 Badin High school students earned various AP Scholar Awards in recognition of their exceptional achievements on Advanced Placement exams given in May.

Ernst, now a freshman at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., was named a National AP Scholar for his outstanding efforts. Ernst took nine Advanced Placement exams over his years at Badin, and finished with a top score of “5” on six of them and a next-level score of “4” on the other three.

“Garrett was a tremendous student, a friendly guy, and it was a pleasure to have him at Badin,” said BHS Principal Brian Pendergest. “To have 31 students on the AP Scholars list is a tremendous accomplishment, and a credit to the students and the faculty who were a part of this success.”

The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program provides motivated and academically prepared students with the opportunity to take rigorous college-level courses while still in high school. The students may then earn college credit, advanced placement, or both for successful performances on the AP exams.

Tests are graded on a five-point scale, with 5 being the highest, and the students who attain a score of 3 or better may receive college credit for the class.

Of those 31 being honored from Badin, 25 are graduated students in the Class of 2016 and six more are members of the current senior Class of 2017.

Eight members of the Class of 2016 – including Garrett Ernst again – earned the “AP Scholar with Distinction” award by scoring an average of at least 3.5 on all AP exams taken, and grades of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams. Also named from Badin were Conner Bryson (University of Cincinnati), Kenny Kelley (Ohio State University), Nathan Maue (New York University), Kyle McGill (University of Dayton), Michael Nye (Ohio State University), Katie Pohlman (Ohio State University) and Jacob Riecke (Ohio University).

Eight students qualified as an “AP Scholar with Honor” for scoring an average of 3.25 on all AP exams taken, and having a score of 3 or better on four or more of the exams. They included Nathan Corbissero (Miami University), Kelsey Hillard (University of Cincinnati), Megan Jungkunz (Ohio University), Zach Larkin (Indiana State University), Katie Manley (Xavier University), Rachel Rider (Case Western Reserve), Taylor Smith (Ohio State University) and Megan Warner (Miami University).

Fifteen students earned recognition as an “AP Scholar” by receiving scores of 3 or better on at least three AP exams.

The members of the Class of 2016 in that category included Jacob Bryson (University of Dayton), Maggie Clark (University of Akron), Ethan Combs (Mount St. Joseph), Michael Dudley (Miami University), Logan Heintzman (Campbell University), Wendy Huang (University of Illinois/Chicago), Sofie Milillo (University of Notre Dame), T.J. O’Neil (Marian University) and Kyle Ray (Baldwin Wallace University).

Those from the current senior Class of 2017 at Badin included David Berg, A.J. Ernst, Alexandra Hensley, Zack Jarvis, Ryan McGill, and Nicole Visse.

The number of Badin students earning AP Scholar honors continues to rise – from 14 in 2014 to 21 last year and 31 this year.

“AP classes offer a lot of opportunity for the students,” Pendergest said. “We have opened the classes up so that more students are involved. Students are learning at the college level and enhancing their high school academic experience.”

Contact: Dirk Q. Allen, (513) 863-3993, ext. 120;

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