Recognition for AP Scholars

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A total of seven stellar students from the high school – seniors Meaghan Coles, Emily Fishman, Harrison Gieraltowski, Julia Rizzo, Joseph Teknus and Kyra Walls, and junior Isabella Pizzuto – were named AP Scholars with Distinction for 2015 by the College Board, along with 16 graduates from the Class of 2015. To be recognized as an AP Scholar with Distinction, students must receive an average score of at least 3.5 on their exams and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams.

One student from last year’s graduating class, Lauren Farrell, was also named a 2015 National AP Scholar, the highest level of achievement, requiring an average score of at least 4 on all AP exams taken and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams.

The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program recognizes several different award levels for outstanding college-level student academic achievement, displayed via AP courses and exams. The exams are graded on a scale of 1 to 5, with a score of 3 or higher qualifying students for college credit. A total of 69 East Islip students were AP Scholars for 2015.

Ten students were named 2015 AP Scholars with Honor, including current seniors Nicholas Carney, Melissa Hasse, Therese Mittleman, Shannon Ransom and Will Reed, as well as five graduates. For this level, the average score needed is 3.25 on all exams and 3 or higher on four or more of those exams.

A total of 36 students earned recognition as AP Scholars, receiving scores of 3 or higher on three or more exams, including current seniors Sarah Commisso, Santino Dunham, Ashley Karlin, James Kelly, Faith Kern, Asma Malik, Brianna Maye, Dennis McCann, Karli Pipitone, Caleb Shulman, Ryan Smith, Charlie Tarazona and Megan Tohill, along with 23 graduates.

“All of these successful students should be praised for their superior work ethic over the course of their high school careers,” said Israel Malinowitzer, director of guidance.

Every level of AP Scholar at East Islip receives award certificates, and their achievements will be listed in the AP score reports sent to colleges.