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HCHS Students Named AP Scholars

AP Scholar students Mary Elizabeth Jackson, Tate Phillips, Huong Pham, Cassidy Gaines, and Lindsey Waldvogle.


Hart County High School Principal Kevin Gaines announced today that five students received the distinction of AP Scholar, with one student receiving the AP Scholar with Honors distinction.

The AP Scholar Awards, given by the College Board, recognize high school students who have demonstrated exemplary college-level achievement on AP(Advanced Placement) Exams.

Juniors Cassidy Gaines, Huong Pham, and Tate Phillips all earned AP Scholar distinctions, with all of them taking AP courses as sophomores. Senior Lindsey Waldvogle was also named an AP Scholar. Students who receive scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP Exams earn the distinction of AP Scholar.

Senior Mary Elizabeth Jackson was named an AP Scholar with Honors. That award is granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams.

“When you have five AP Scholars, you can attribute it to not only our students working hard, but our teachers making sure the students are getting what they need to be successful on the exam as well,” principal Kevin Gaines said.

The Advanced Placement Program (AP) enables willing and academically prepared students to pursue college-level studies while still in high school. The program consists of college-level courses developed by the AP Program that high schools can choose to offer, and corresponding exams that are administered once a year.

If students receive a qualifying score on the exams, they can earn college credit for the courses, which saves time and money for the students and parents.

“A lot of large colleges want kids to take AP classes and have a rigorous course load while they’re in high school,” Gaines said. “We feel like between AP and dual-enrollment, we certainly offer that.”

The Hart County Charter System was one of 250 school systems in the U.S. and Canada named to the College Board’s AP District Honor Roll in 2020.