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High School Scholars Earn AP Capstone Diplomas, Seminar and Research Certificates

Posted August 10, 2020

A total of 18 high school students earned an Advanced Placement® (AP®) Capstone Diploma for the 2019-2020 school year. That’s roughly triple the number of students who earned the honor when the district first offered the program in 2018-2019. Additionally, 7 students earned an AP Seminar and Research Certificate. 

To receive the AP Capstone Diploma, students must earn scores of 3 or higher in AP Seminar, AP Research, and on four additional AP Exams. To receive the AP Seminar and Research Certificate, students must earn scores of 3 or higher on the Seminar and Research exams. Over 1,900 schools participated in the AP Capstone ® program worldwide during the 2019-2020 school year. 

This outstanding achievement is acknowledged on any AP score report that is sent to colleges. 

The students who earned the Capstone Diploma or Certificate include: 

Capstone Diploma 
Boswell HS

  • Ariel Bergamini, senior 
  • Graeson Chadwell, senior 
  • Bradley Dobbins, 2020 graduate 
  • Macy Farr, 2020 graduate 
  • Hannah Gregory, senior 
  • Rachel Hood, 2020 graduate 
  • Kristen Jumes, 2020 graduate 
  • Natalia Moran, senior  
  • Caleb Straker, 2020 graduate 

Chisholm Trail HS 

  • Camila Solis, senior 

Saginaw HS 

  • Colten Aquino, 2020 graduate 
  • Oliver Carver, 2020 graduate 
  • Lance Collins, 2020 graduate 
  • Sierra Kirkwood, 2020 graduate 
  • Joshua Pullum, 2020 graduate 
  • Daniel Rodarte, 2020 graduate 
  • Sargam Saini, 2020 graduate 
  • Evelyn Watson, 2020 graduate 

Seminar and Research Certificate 

Boswell HS

  • Andrea Acuna, 2020 graduate 
  • Faith Privett, 2020 graduate  

Saginaw HS 

  • Eaeron Bustamantes, 2020 graduate 
  • Gavin Johnson, 2020 graduate 
  • Ross Sanders, 2020 graduate 
  • Zunair Waseem, 2020 graduate 
  • Presley Webb, 2020 graduate 

“We are proud to recognize these students who earned the outstanding achievement,” said Lori Mabry, EMS ISD Advanced Academics Coordinator. “Our district will continue to provide scholars with opportunities to explore their passions while building college-level academic and collaboration skills.” 

The AP Capstone Diploma program allows students to develop critical thinking, research, and presentation skills, both individually and as a team. Students conduct, present, and defend academic research on topics of personal interest in two interdisciplinary courses: AP Seminar and AP Research. 

Through the AP Program, students can take challenging college-level courses while still in high school and potentially earn college credit. Research shows that college students who have taken AP courses are more prepared, more likely to remain enrolled, and more likely to complete a degree on time.