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AP National Scholars Honored at City Council

January 11, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

Mayor Noel Gerken and Deputy Mayor Victoria Laise-Jonas issued a Proclamation at the Monday, January 10, Maple Valley City Council meeting, designating that day as “AP National Scholar Day in the City of Maple Valley.”  These four Tahoma High School 2010 graduates were named as Advanced Placement (AP) National Scholars, an accomplishment achieved by fewer than 1% of all of the Advanced Placement test-takers in the world and by only 292 students in the entire state of Washington.  AP National Scholars must complete eight or more Advanced Placement exams during their high school years, must earn a 4 or higher average on a 5-point scale on all AP Exams taken, and must earn grades of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams.  The four students honored earned a combined sixteen 5’s and sixteen 4’s on tests in Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, Environmental Science, European History, Government and Politics–U.S., Psychology, Statistics, and United States History.

After a shared reading of the Proclamation by all City Council members, Mayor Gerken and Deputy-Mayor Laise-Jonas congratulated the two students, Hannah Mittelstaedt and Hannah Oosterhout, who were able to attend the meeting. Mittelstaedt attends Seattle University, Oosterhout attends Corban University, Mahoney attends University of Washington, and Marstall attends Purdue University. Each student began his/her college experience with a minimum of 40- 50 potential college quarter credits, depending on the university’s AP transfer policy.  These AP credits are in addition to any earned through the University of Washington classes offered at Tahoma High.

This is the highest number of AP National Scholars thus far in Tahoma School District, which honored its first National Scholar in 2007.

Deputy Mayor Victoria Laise-Jonas, Mayor Noel Gerken, AP National Scholar Hannah Oosterhout, AP National Scholar Hannah Mittelstaedt, THS AP Coordinator Brooke Dillon. Not pictured:  AP National Scholars David Mahoney and Savannah Marstall.  Photo by Shaunna Lee-Rice.

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