AP® Scholars - 2018

Seventeen GHS Advanced Placement® Scholars Named

Thirteen graduates of Grayling High School and four current seniors have earned the designation of AP® Scholar by the College Board in recognition of their exceptional achievement on the college-level Advanced Placement Exams. Only 20 percent of the more than 2,200,000 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.  

Eight GHS students qualified as AP Scholars, a designation given to those students who receive grades of 3 or higher on three or more AP Exams:

  • Nathaniel Burmeister, son of Monte and Lisa Burmeister, is currently attending James Madison College at Michigan State University.
  • Rebecca Cheney, daughter of Brian and Lynnette Cheney, is currently attending Oakland University.
  • Mazi Gugin, daughter of April Gugin, is currently attending the University of Michigan.
  • Madison Helsel, daughter of Ken and Cheri Helsel, is a freshman at the University of Michigan.
  • Matthew Hunter, son of David Hunter and Cherie Hunter, is attending the Lyman Briggs program at Michigan State University.
  • Blane Johnston, son of Todd and Deanna Johnston, is a senior at GHS.
  • Miranda Makowski, daughter of Steven and Anetta Makowski, is a senior at GHS.
  • Carmen Reilly, daughter of Rich and Dana Reilly, is a freshman at Saginaw Valley State University.

Three students 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:  

  • Tyler Brandt, son of Chris and Christine Brandt, is a senior at GHS.
  • Anna Fisher, daughter of Tamara and Fred Fisher, is attending North Central Michigan University.
  • Flynn Powers, son of Joe and Cyndi Powers, is a freshman at Northern Michigan University.

Six students qualified for the AP Scholar with Distinction designation, which is granted to 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:  

  • Alyssa Cobb, daughter of Loren and Amy Cobb, is a freshman at Spring Arbor University.
  • Leah Hilliker, daughter of Marian Hilliker, is a freshman at Oakland University.
  • Haley Kocefas, daughter of Pete Kocefas and Cathy Czuba, is a freshman at the University of Michigan.
  • Parker Learman-Blaauw, son of Brie Blaauw-Molaison and Jerome Learman, is a freshman at Michigan State University. 
  • Esabella Powers, daughter of Joe and Cyndi Powers, is a senior at GHS.
  • Noah Shambarger, son of Mary and Randy Herman and Toby and Jessica Shambarger, is currently a freshman at Central Michigan University.

Grayling High School has offered AP classes since 1980. The first course offered was English Composition. Since that time, the program has expanded, and students are now able to take AP courses in biology, calculus (AB and BC), statistics, computer science chemistry, English language and literature, psychology, Spanish, U.S. history, and European history. Students at GHS have also taken AP exams in French, German, human geography, physics, U.S. government and world history through independent study. The number of GHS students taking AP exams has steadily increased over the years, with 75 students taking a total of 129 exams this year. As well, test scores continue to be above the state and national averages.  

To find out more about the Advanced Placement Program, you can visit the website at www.collegeboard.org.

Percent of students scoring 3+ on Exams

Percent of students scoring 3+ on Exams

Dark Blue = Grayling High School
Green = State of Michigan
Gold = Global

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