VHS Honors 104 AP Scholars

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At last Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting, Verona High School honored 104 current and former students for for their performance on the spring 2019 Advanced Placement (AP) exams, the largest group to earn AP Scholar honors since Verona began emphasizing the AP exams in 2009. The honorees included students who were juniors when they took the exams, as well as seniors who graduated with the class of 2019.

There were 51 students recognized as AP Scholars, a distinction that means that they earned a grade of 3 or higher on three or more exams. There were 36 AP Scholars With Honor, a designation for students who receive an average of at least 3.25 on all AP exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams. There were 17 AP Scholars With Distinction. These students received 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.

Five students were honored as National AP Scholars, which means that they earned a four or higher on eight or more exams. The results among this group were particularly remarkable since four of the five were juniors when they took the tests. Chloe Mathewson had an average score of 5.0 on her exams, which included Calculus BC, English Language & Composition, Environmental Science, Human Geography, Macro Economics, Micro Economics, Spanish Language, and U.S. History. Christopher Lakin had an average score of 4.75 on his exams, which included Chemistry, Computer Science A, Physics 1 and World History in addition to Calc BC, English, Macro Econ and U.S. History. Michael Sluck also had a 4.75 average. He took Comp Sci A, English, European History, Human Geo, Macro Econ, Psychology, U.S. History and World History. Henry Wertz had an average score of 4.5 on his exams, which included Biology, Calc BC, Chemistry, Comp Sci A, English, Physics 1, U.S. History and World History.

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Philip Chivily, who graduated with the class of 2019, had an average score of 4.6 on 10 AP exams: English Language & Composition, English Literature & Composition, Envi Sci, Euro History, Human Geo, Psychology, Statistics, U.S. Government & Politics, U.S. History and World History.

A total of 303 students participated in the spring exams, taking a total of 598 tests. That was the second-largest contingent of test takers since 2009. In 2019, 42.5% of VHS’ student body took an AP exam, up from 14.5% a decade ago.

AP Scholars
Britney Allteni, Emily Andersen, Brooke Anquillare, Elijah Baker, Zachary Balogh, Angelo Benfante, Erik Bostrom, Stephanie Boyle, Julia Burke, Sarah Carlucci, Harmonie Chang, Jenna Da Rin, Jessica Derderian, Margot Deutsch, Dean DiPaolo, Meaghan Elliott, Megan Forrest, Maya Fortgang, Clara Frizzi, Rio Gagnon, Amanda Galarowicz, Antonio Giannini, Kayla Golebieski, Vincent Hogan, Julia Holland, Claire Jackson, Jarrod Keating, Maegan Kuhlmann, Gillian M. Lamb, John Lermi, Nina Machnowski, Harry Mastrogiannis, Aidan Murphy, Allison Naeris, Emily Osborne, Leah Pandian, Mia Pego, Nikoloz Pilauri, Emma Ramsthaler, Lourdes Ricks, Chris Robinson, James Short, Abigail Shorter, Mikhail Tizhgarten, Daniela Trujillo, Veronica Valera, Olivia Vogel, Mary Wallace, Adam Weiss, Patrick Yeates, Emma Yee

AP Scholars With Honor
Elizabeth Barile, Liliana Benanchietti, Andrew Castillo, Kiera Egan, Anthony Farro, Brianna Horton, Rebecca Katsios, Anna Konrad-Parisi, Chloe Lamb, Margaret Lonsinger, Rebecca Marcillo-Gomez, Maeve McGinley, David Navarro, Caitlin Remler, Zachary Rienecker, Ethan Triggiano, Rebecca Wenzel-Rideout

AP Scholars With Distinction
Abigail Bermeo, Lauren Brown, Isabelle Buneo, Brianna Camp, Brandon Cariani, Maria Celentano, Alexander Cheung, Philip Chivily, Christian Dionisio, Ariana Dyer, Kelly Esposito, Margaret Evans, Ethan Forrest, Maximilian Handler, Selin Hekimgil, Elizabeth Hensal, Nicolas Kozachuk, Christopher Lakin, Changhao Liu, Steven Macawili, Michael Maglione, Chloe Mathewson, Ryan McKeown, David Motley, Alessandra Newman, Erin Petrino, Gabriel Quagliata, Rebecca Seubert, William Sheehan, Jessica Sidrak, Michael Sluck, Nicole Volpe, Emily Weisser, Henry Wertz, Jenika Ying, Elyssia Yung

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National AP Scholars
Philip Chivily, Christopher Lakin, Chloe Mathewson, Michael Sluck, Henry Wertz

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Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citranohttps://myveronanj.com
Virginia Citrano grew up in Verona. She moved away to write and edit for The Wall Street Journal’s European edition, Institutional Investor, Crain’s New York Business and Forbes.com. Since returning to Verona, she has volunteered for school, civic and religious groups, served nine years on the Verona Environmental Commission and is now part of Sustainable Verona. She co-founded MyVeronaNJ in 2009. You can reach Virginia at [email protected]

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