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D-B celebrates 10 AP Capstone Diploma recipients, 172 AP Scholars

Staff Reports • Sep 9, 2019 at 10:00 PM

KINGSPORT — Ten Dobyns-Bennett High School students have received the Advanced Placement (AP) Capstone Diploma and have earned the AP Seminar and Research Certificate during the 2018-19 academic year, and the school had a total of 172 AP Scholars named.

D-B’s AP Capstone recipients are: Matthew Barnicki, Nikhil Chatra, Arnab Dey, Dallas Forsythe, Corinne Rose, Katerina Scott, Amelia Spell, Lauren Whipple, Makaila White and Grant Wilkins.

“We are proud to recognize the outstanding achievements of our students who participated in the AP Capstone Diploma program," D-B Principal  Chris Hampton said. “These 10 students are the first to ever receive this diploma at Dobyns-Bennett and all are Class of 2019 graduates. We continue to look forward to providing our students with opportunities to explore their passions while building college-level academic and collaboration skills.”

The AP Capstone Diploma program allows students to develop critical thinking, research and presentation skills, both individually and as a team. Students conduct academic research on topics of personal interest in two interdisciplinary courses: AP Seminar and AP Research. D-B chemistry and AP Seminar and Research teacher Ushma Kothari, served as their teacher for the program.

To receive the AP Capstone Diploma, students must earn scores of 3 or higher, on a 1-5 scale, in AP Seminar, AP Research and on four additional AP exams. To receive the AP Seminar and Research Certificate, students must earn scores of 3 or higher in AP Seminar and AP Research. More than 1,500 schools participated in the AP Capstone program worldwide during the 2018-19 school year when approximately 7,800 students earned the AP Capstone Diploma and 4,100 earned the AP Seminar and Research Certificate.

There are 172 D-B AP Scholars with the average score of 4.0 out of 5.0. Of the 172, 88 students have been named AP Scholars (earned scores of 3 or higher on three or more exams); 24 have been named AP Scholar with Honor students (average score of 3.265 on all exams and at least a 3 on four or more exams); 60 have been named AP Scholar with Distinction students (average of 3.5 on all exams and at least a 3 on five or more texts); 17 have been named National AP Scholar students (4 on all tests and at least a 4 on 5 or more exams); and two have been named International AP Scholar students (score of 3 on five or more exams and one must be an English exam and one must be a world language exam); and 10 have been named AP Capstone Diploma students.

The College Board Advanced Placement Program gives students the opportunity to take challenging college-level courses while still in high school. A 3 or higher on an AP exam has multiple benefits for students, including earning college credit at many colleges, advanced placement or both for successful performance on AP Exams, saving them time and money. Research shows AP students are better prepared for and more likely to enroll and remain in college, do well in classes, and earn their degrees on time. Each exam is developed by a committee of college and university faculty and AP teachers, ensuring that AP exams align with their standards.

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