At Monday night's October District 2 Board of Trustees meeting, a reception and time of honoring was held to celebrate the efforts of the teachers and students in the Sheridan High School Advanced Placement, or AP, Program.
SHS AP Coordinator Ed Fessler told the board that between last year and this, thirty-three SHS students have earned AP Scholar Awards in recognition of their exception achievement on AP exams. Fessler then introduced several of the AP instructors to the Board, who represented the areas of Math, English, Foreign Language, the Social Sciences, Science, Government and History.
AP provides motivated and academically prepared students with the opportunity to earn college credit or advanced placement and to stand out in the college admissions process, both in terms of the kinds of schools into which they could be accepted, and in the amount of scholarships available.
Also during Fessler's time at the podium, he told the Board that Monday, officials of National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the NMS program. Sheridan High School, one of the smallest 4A classified schools in Wyoming, had more National Merit semi-finalists this year than any other high school in the state. Fessler says.
Those students are Paolo Alberghetti, Katherine Brown, Wynton Grant, Kayla Parker and Tiffany Stampka.
More than 1.5 million juniors in the U.S. entered the 2011 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2009 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. To become a finalist, a Semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record, be endorsed and recommended by the high school principal and earn SAT scores that confirm the students' earlier performance on the qualifying test.
As for when the SHS five will learn if they are finalists?
You can be sure that Fessler will be ready to announce how the five fare when those final results come in.