Three 2017 Summit graduates named AP National Scholars

Three 2017 Summit graduates named AP National Scholars

Three 2017 Summit alumni were named AP National Scholars. From left to right are Martin Amesquita, Lennox Brooks and Jiuhe "Vivian" Zhang.

Three recent graduates of The Summit Country Day School have been named National Advanced Placement (AP) Scholars by the College Board.

To become a National AP Scholar, a student must receive a score of 4 or 5 on at least eight AP exams and must have an average of at least a 4 on all exams taken. Altogether, 70 current Summit students and recent graduates received AP awards.

The three national scholars are Martin Amesquita, who is attending the University of Pennsylvania this fall; Lennox Brooks, who will attend The Ohio State University; and Jiuhe “Vivian” Zhang, now at University of Chicago.

“I continue to be impressed with our students’ success with AP curricula,” said The Summit’s Curriculum and Instruction Director Kirstin Pesola McEachern, Ph.D. “We require all students in AP classes to take the exams. The majority of them not only earn a 3 or better on the exams, but 70 of them also distinguish themselves through these awards. That’s impressive. They are well prepared to take on college level work, and the AP Scholar recognitions reflect that preparedness.”

In addition to the three National AP Scholars:

  • 28 students received AP Scholar with Distinction awards. They averaged scores of at least 3.5 on all AP exams taken and 3 or higher on at least five exams.
  • 16 students received AP Scholar with Honor awards. They had average scores of at least 3.25 on all AP exams taken and 3 or higher on at least four exams.
  • 23 students received AP Scholar awards. They scored 3 or higher on at least three exams.

Traditionally, a few Summit teachers serve as readers of AP exams every year, giving them insight teaching AP courses. This summer, Social Studies teacher Tracy Law, Ph.D., Biology Teacher Karen Suder, Science Teacher Martin Wells and Social Studies Teacher Mark Schmidt served as AP readers.

Last year, 85 seniors, 63 juniors and 29 sophomores took exams in 23 AP courses. College Counseling Director Maureen Ferrell says the number and variety of AP classes offered at The Summit allow students to find challenging curriculum in which they are strong. “Clearly the results of these exams show college representatives that The Summit is sending students to college with the experience of taking college-level coursework and a demonstration that they will excel,” she said. 

“We have a long-standing record of high level performance on the AP exams,” said Head of School Rich Wilson. “I believe it is because our teachers are some of the best in the city. The vast majority have advanced degrees. They give students personalized attention and challenge them. As a result, our seniors are sought after by top tier colleges and universities every year. You can see the results in the outcomes our recent graduating class.”

  • The Summit’s 91 graduates attracted more than $13.5 million in scholarship offers.
  • 12 percent of the class was recognized by National Merit.
  • 96 percent of the class took college-level classes through the College Board Advanced Placement Program.
  • They received 500 acceptances to colleges and universities and will attend 52 colleges and universities coast-to-coast.