Seven SCDS students named National AP scholars

Summit 2020 AP Scholars


Seven recent graduates of The Summit Country Day School have been named National Advanced Placement (AP) Scholars by the College Board, the highest award level in the AP program.  
To become a National AP Scholar, these students had to earn a score of 4 or 5 on at least eight AP exams. 

Maliah Bricking, Sharonville, who is attending American University this fall, took 13 AP exams. Ryan Burns, Anderson Township, University of Pennsylvania, took nine exams. Connie Nelson, Hyde Park, Princeton University, took 12 exams. Madeline Riley, East Walnut Hills, The Ohio State University, took eight exams. Emily Warden, Loveland, University of Michigan, took 12 exams. Her twin Matthew Warden, University of Chicago, took 12 exams. Ziyan “Richard” Zhang, Hyde Park, Washington University in St. Louis, took 11 exams. 

Altogether, Summit students who took AP tests received 95 awards from the College Board for outstanding performance, the highest number in school history – surpassing last year’s record. In addition to the seven National Scholars, awards:   

  • 34 students were named AP Scholar with Distinction for scoring at least 3.5 on all exams and 3 or higher on five or more exams.  

  • 19 were named AP Scholar with Honor for scoring 3.25 or more on all exams and 3 or higher on at least four exams.  

  • 35 were named AP Scholar for scoring 3 or higher on three or more exams.  

Among the factors that may have influenced the record number of awards is the large number of  AP classes and highly-trained faculty who teach them, including several teachers who who help score the national tests by serving as AP readers. This year, The Summit added two additional AP courses bringing the total available to students to 24.  

“Because our AP curriculum is so varied, students can take college-level classes in subjects at which they excel,” said Head of School Rich Wilson. “The faculty who teach AP classes must complete a certification process and those who serve as AP readers exchange ideas with a global network of teachers and bring insight back to their classrooms. We have world-class teachers here who not only are experts in their subjects but are dedicated to giving every student the individual attention they need to succeed.”  

Among the 101 members of the Class of 2020, 95 percent took AP classes. But not all of the students who received AP recognition this year were seniors. Two sophomores and 26 juniors who took AP tests were recognized. The College Board rankings are based on cumulative student performance on tests in May of this year as well as in previous years.    

Most colleges and universities give college credit for AP classes or allow students to test out of their classes to receive credit.