Advanced Placement - 2008

GHS Students Again Very Successful in AP Studies

Seven graduates of GHS and one senior have earned AP Scholar designation by the College Board in recognition of their exceptional achievement on the college-level Advanced Placement Exams. Only 18 percent of the more than 1,600,000 high school students worldwide who took these exams performed at a sufficiently high level to merit the recognition of AP Scholar.

The College Board recognizes several levels of achievement based on the number of courses and exams taken.  One student, Reid Holzbauer, son of Clyde and Nadine Holzbauer, qualified for the highest award, AP Scholar with Distinction. This designation is achieved by earning an average grade of at least 3.5 on all AP exams taken and grades of 3 or higher on five or more of those exams. Reid took a total of six AP exams in Biology, Calculus, English Literature & Composition, European History, U.S. History and World History.  Reid, who is currently attending the James Madison College of Public Affairs at Michigan State University, had this to say about the AP program: "The AP program was absolutely essential in preparing me for college. I entered in to MSU as a sophomore because of my AP credit and will be able to graduate in a very short time.  More importantly, AP curriculum taught me the essential writing and study skills that are necessary to succeed in a university setting. Undoubtedly, without the AP program and the great teachers behind it, I would not even be close to the student that I am today.  I am so thankful for the GHS AP program and the excellent teaching staff that makes it happen every year."

Three qualified for the AP Scholar with Honor Award, which is granted to students who receive an average grade of at least 3.25 on all AP exams taken and grades of 3 or higher on four or more AP Exams. One of these students, April Korneli, is a senior this year. April is the daughter of Fred and Sally Kornelli.  The other two students graduated last June. Christopher Petrie, son of David and Kay Petrie, is studying developmental biology at Eastern Michigan University, and Kilah Vanderstelt, daughter of Derek and Aurelia Bastien, is attending Grand Valley State University, majoring in broadcasting and political science.

Four students were granted the AP Scholar Award, given to students who receive grades of 3 or higher on three or more AP Exams: Andrew Curriston, son of  Larry and Shirley Curriston, is currently studying biomedical engineering at Michigan Technological University; Elaina Murray, daughter of  Amanda Murray and Bruce Murray, attends Lake Superior State University, where she is studying biochemistry; Storm Shriver, son of David and Lynne Shriver, is currently attending Kirtland Community College with plans to transfer to Northern Michigan University to study microbiology and mathematics; and Robert Schultes, son of Irene and Steve Schultes.