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Two members of Benilde-St. Margaret’s Class of 2022 earned the prestigious AP Capstone Diploma, and 12 other graduates earned the AP Seminar and Research Certificate™ for their academic achievements during the 2021-22 school year.
Ryan Long ‘22 and Aidan Traverse ‘22 both earned scores of 3 or higher in AP Seminar, AP Research, and on four additional AP Exams while Sydney Dickson, Emerson Foley, Tallulah Johnson, Clara Klassen, Lauren Landry, Catherine Lee-Gilligan, Annabella Near, Mason Pecci, Emma Peschel, Sarah Portz, Emily Zagaros, and Angela Zbaracki earned scores of 3 or higher in two courses AP Seminar and AP Research.
The AP Capstone Diploma program helps students develop the critical thinking, research, collaboration, and presentation skills that are essential for academic success. Unlike traditional AP® subject exams with a single end-of-year assessment, AP Seminar and AP Research assessments are project-based and evaluate skills mastery through group projects, presentations, and individual essays completed throughout the year. Instead of focusing on one specific academic discipline, AP Seminar and AP Research are interdisciplinary: students are empowered to create research projects based on topics of personal interest. Students are assessed on the critical thinking, research, collaboration, time management, and presentation skills needed to complete their projects.
“The AP Capstone program™ is like no other high school course offered. It gives students the opportunity to explore their own passions and impact the world!” said Stephanie Nitchals, BSM senior high principal. “Our AP Capstone™ students and teacher, Mark Peterson, showed extraordinary commitment even within the limitations of COVID to complete their work. This has been an opportunity that will serve them into college and beyond.”
BSM is one of over 2,200 schools which annually participate in the AP Capstone Diploma program, a project-based learning experience valued by colleges and universities across the U.S. and around the world. Globally, approximately 14,100 students earned the AP Capstone Diploma, and 9,200 earned the AP Seminar and Research Certificate.
“I’m thrilled to congratulate these motivated students who worked hard to earn the AP Capstone Diploma and AP Seminar and Research Certificate,” said Trevor Packer, head of the Advanced Placement® Program. “These students have enhanced the foundation for their future academic and professional careers by honing their ability to manage long-term projects, collaborate with teams, and deliver effective presentations on topics they’re passionate about.”
The College Board Advanced Placement Program gives students the opportunity to take challenging college-level courses while still in high school. A 3 or higher on an AP Exam has multiple benefits for students, including earning college credit, advanced placement, or both for successful performance on AP Exams, saving them time and money.
Research shows AP students are better prepared for and more likely to enroll and remain in college, do well in classes, and earn their degrees on time. Each exam is developed by a committee of college and university faculty and AP teachers, ensuring that AP Exams align with their high standards.
Benilde-St. Margaret's is a Catholic, co-educational college-preparatory school serving students in grades 7-12. We develop the whole student through a rigorous curriculum, leading-edge learning experiences, extensive co-curricular opportunities, faith formation, and a robust service-learning program.