PHS Students Earn AP Scholar Status

Nine Pennridge High School 2017 graduates have been recognized as National AP Scholars for their outstanding academic achievements after completing a range of college-level courses offered by the College Board's Advanced Placement (AP) Program. It is the highest recognition an AP student can achieve.

“We are proud of our AP program students and teachers,” said PHS Principal Gina DeBona. “The courses are rigorous and demanding of excellence in every respect. The work ethic required for success will serve these students well in college and beyond.”

In May 2017, 278 PHS students took a total of 506 AP exams in 20 subjects. 84 percent of their scores were 3 or higher, compared to a national average of 58 percent.

To be named a National AP Scholar, a student must receive 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. Pennridge’s nine National AP Scholars averaged 4.56 out of 5 while taking a total of 84 exams:
  • Omar K. Ibrahim, 4.82 (11 exams)
  • Sarah M. Craig, 4.80 (10 exams)
  • Gregory S. Loose, 4.78 (9 exams)
  • Nathan A. Runk, 4.75 (8 exams)
  • Christopher L. Kirchhoff, 4.56 (9 exams)
  • Andrew J. Messina, 4.50 (8 exams)
  • Hayden Sandt, 4.50 (8 exams)
  • Selene R. Cullen, 4.40 (10 exams)
  • Jared M. Yellen, 4.00 (11 exams)
In addition to the nine National AP Scholars, the College Board awarded AP Scholar with Distinction status to 35 PHS students, AP Scholar with Honor status to 11 students and AP Scholar status to 41 students:

AP Scholars with Distinction
(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 these exams.)

Faith A. Altomare, Senior; Casey S. Barnes, Senior; Claire E. Beno, Senior; Abigail N. Bruzas, Senior; Wesley D. Carroll, Senior; Sarah M. Craig, Senior; Jessica R. Cranford, Senior; Selene R. Cullen, Senior; Adannekwu Dibor, Senior; Joseph S. Dise, Senior; Cailon D. Frank, Senior; Rebecca L. Gredone, Senior; Kaitlyn M. Harries, Senior; Omar K. Ibrahim, Senior; Jeremy S. Ketterer, Senior; Christopher L. Kirchhoff, Senior; Brendan M. Knouse, Senior; Cynthia J. Letting, Senior; Gregory S. Loose, Senior; Silas A. McBride, Senior; Andrew J. Messina, Senior; Heather A. Nase, Senior; Kendall A. O’Shea, Senior; Jared Pleibel, Senior; Lauren H. Purdie, Senior; Michael J. Reed, Junior; Madeleine A. Rohrbach, Senior; Grant M. Ruback, Senior; Nathan A. Runk, Senior; Hayden Sandt, Senior; Chad B. Schaeffer, Senior; Joshua B. Yardley, Junior; Jared M. Yellen, Senior; Sarah E. Yeung, Senior; Piper O. Zimmerman, Senior.

AP Scholars with Honor
(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 these exams.)
Emma G. Boyajieff, Junior; Kayla R. Derstine, Senior; Nathan J. Engler, Senior; Hannah R. Fair, Senior; James D. Morrison, Junior; Emily R. O'Brien, Junior; Saloni Pandya, Senior; Vanessa P. Raab, Senior; Priya P. Soni, Senior; Shrikant Verma, Senior; Nicole R. Vitali, Senior.

AP Scholars
(Students who receive scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP Exams.)

Jordan  N. Altomare, Junior; Jayson Badal, Junior; Meghan Bauer, Senior;  Alana R. Beam, Senior; Hailey R. Bennett, Junior; Lillian L. DeMarco, Senior; Alyssa C. Destefano, Junior; Nicole L. Didenko, Junior; Deena R. Ereifej, Senior; Kira A. Fabey, Senior; Kierstin M. Faw, Senior; Holly J. Files, Junior; Soraya R. Frings, Senior; Dawson R. Hall, Junior; Sophia L. Handy, Senior; Isabelle E. Hoare, Junior; Julie C. Kantner, Junior; Matthew J. Kovaleski, Senior; Courtney Landis, Junior; Sydney Lee, Junior; Aaron Loose, Senior; Jillian Lunoe, Junior; Jack F. Malcolm, Junior; Brendan M. McBrierty, Senior; Patrick J. McGinley, Junior; Helen P. McLaughlin, Junior; Kaitlyn N. Moran, Senior; Tyler G. O'Hara, Junior; Kira E. Ozer, Senior; Megan E. Pauly, Junior; Evan M. Pepper, Junior; Tara B. Petrosky, Senior; Claire A. Podraza, Senior; Vincent J. Polignano, Junior; Isabella R. Ragomo, Senior; Janice L. Rapp, Junior; Ryan Shaplin, Junior; Reena M. Sheppard,  Junior; Jonathan T. Suchy, Senior; William H. Sulahian, Junior; Christopher M. White, Senior.

The AP Program provides students with the opportunity to take rigorous college-level courses while still in high school and to earn college credit, advanced placement or both for successful performance on the AP exams.

"We are extremely proud of these students and their accomplishments," said Superintendent Dr. Jacqueline A. Rattigan.