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5 WMA students earn highest marks from College Board

5 WMA students earn highest marks from College Board

Pandemic?

No problem.

Despite one of the most challenging times in the 200-plus year history of Wilbraham & Monson Academy, the school’s students excelled on the 2020 Advanced Placement Exams, posting its best scores in recent years.

WMA landed five National AP Scholars, the highest award granted by the College Board. Additionally, six students received AP Capstone Diplomas. In all, more than 50 students earned recognition from the board.

Quotes

Mr. Brian Easler, Head of School: “This news demonstrates, and affirms, the resilience and raw determination that is so prevalent in our students and our community. Not only did our students adapt to the massive spring disruption and reorganization of their normal AP preparation schedule, they responded by turning a challenge into an opportunity and posted the best scores in years. This is what it means to be a Titan.”

Mr. Erik Kindblom, Dean of Academics: “Advanced Placement classes have demanding college-level coursework in which teachers must set high expectations and move at an accelerated pace. To have five National AP Scholars in one year for a small school like WMA is exceptional and noteworthy. I applaud each of the five National AP Scholars for their outstanding work ethic, strong command of material and genuine intellectual curiosity.”

Ms. Valeri Wallace, AP Research teacher: “Earning six Capstone diplomas is a significant and exciting achievement for the students and for the Capstone program here at WMA. I think it speaks to the commitment and passion that the students show for their education and research.”

Below is a list of WMA students who were honored by the board for their performance on the AP exams:

AP National Scholar (Granted to students who receive an average score of at least 4 on all AP exams taken, and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of those exams): Hao Pan ’20, Jack Perenick ’21, Julia Puppolo ’20, Kyle Yamagishi-Rodstein ’20, Eungi Youn ’20

AP Scholar with Distinction (Granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of those exams): Josh Besse ’20, Keller Boothby ’20, Catarina Carter ’20, Zihan Chen ’21, Saki Doi ’20, Xiaojing Du ’20, Jeremy Dubois ’21, Liam Etti ’20, Emily Fafard ’20, Liam Garrison ’20, Tianqi Li ’20, Nick McLaughlin ’20, Yusi Mo ’21, An Nguyen ’20, Jayce Nielsen ’20, Hao Pan ’20, Jack Perenick ’21, Julia Puppolo ’20, Pete Trairatanobhas ’20, Ann Tran ’21, Jack Whitcomb ’21, Muwei Xu ’20, Kyle Yamagishi-Rodstein ’20, Yinqi Yang ’20, Eungi Youn ’20, Tianyu Yu ’20

AP Scholar with Honors (Granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of those exams): Shane Appiah ’21, Will Crocker ’20, Hong Linh Duong ’21, Mu Chieh Huang ’20, Lauren Jamal ’20, Tendo Kalule ’21, Alexander Otte ’20, Vincent Sweeney ’20, Karin Yamaoka ’21

AP Scholar (Granted to students who receive scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP exams): Jonathan Adams ’20, Sydney Caro ’20, J.P. Catellier ’20, Ryan Cordeiro ’21, Charlotte Derose ’21, Grace Dineen ’21, Emily Fallon ’20, Grace-marie Gouin ’20, Michelle Itkin ’22, Katherine Johnson ’20, Gene Kang ’20, Moonsu Kang ’20, Theresa Kervick ’20, Sung Jung Lien ’20, Mai Khanh Nguyen ’21, Norah Omar ’21, Kasey Reed ’20, Nathan Rivera ’20, Cole Salvador ’22, Jingting Xie ’20, Zheng Xie ’20, Xin Xiong ’20, Yikai Zhou ’20

AP Capstone Diploma: Emily Fafard ’20, Liam Garrison ’20, Jack Perenick ’21, Julia Puppolo ’20, Ann Tran ’21, Muwei Xu ’20

AP Seminar and Research Certificate: Shane Appiah ’21, Grace-marie Gouin ’20