Hebron Students recognized for Academic Achievement

By: Lissa Gumprecht
College Board Awards Given for Achievement in AP Courses
November 30, 2015, Hebron, ME - Taking a College Board Advanced Placement class requires intelligence, stamina, and the ability to handle pressure and deadlines. Passing an AP exam at the end of the year not only marks success in the subject area but also success as a scholar. Each fall, the College Board awards special recognition after scores are released in late summer to students who have passed multiple AP exams. This fall, the College Board recognized nine Hebron Academy students for their exceptional achievements, which include two from the local area with the highest distinction.
Eight of these students graduated from Hebron Academy in 2015 and currently attend elite colleges and universities as freshmen. The ninth student is a junior at Hebron and received recognition for his achievements as a sophomore. AP exams are scored on a 1-5 scale. While many schools give additional weight to AP courses when calculating student grade point averages, Hebron Academy does not.
Three of last year’s seniors received the AP Scholar with Distinction Award, which is the highest level. Xinchen Zhai of China graduated in 2015 with a 3.3 GPA had an average score of 4.8 on five exams. He showed mastery in the subjects of AP Calculus BC, AP Computer Science, AP Physics Electricity and Magnetism; AP Physics Mechanics, and AP Chemistry. Zhai was accepted by early decision at Brandeis University. Zachary Abisalih, of Auburn, scored an average of 4.0 across five exams. He demonstrated success in AP Literature and Composition, AP U.S. History, AP Calculus BC, AP Biology, and AP Latin. Abisalih graduated in 2015 with a 3.6 GPA and was accepted into Vassar, Sarah Lawrence, Bard, Kenyon, Oberlin, Grinnell, and Pomona colleges. He currently attends Pomona College. Jon Tuttle of Minot graduated in 2015 with a 4.0 GPA and scored an average 4.2 on five exams. He showed excellence in AP Literature and Composition, AP U.S. History, AP Calculus AB, AP Biology, and AP Chemistry. Tuttle was accepted into Rice University, University of California-Berkeley, University of California-San Diego, University of San Diego, Pepperdine University, Northeastern University, and University of Santa Clara, where he currently attends as a Johnson Scholar in the International Relations Honors Program.
“Having AP credits allowed me to skip the required math and science classes in college so that I could have more room in my schedule to take other classes in my field of study,” said Tuttle. “It’s great that I was able to take so many AP classes and that colleges recognize them.”
In addition to the top College Board recognition, Hebron Academy boasts two graduating seniors who were named AP Scholar with Honor. Tianren Qin and Jianan Mao, both of China scored an average of 3 or higher on four or more exams. Qin graduated with a 3.6 GPA and was accepted into Wake Forest University, Purdue University, Northeastern University, and University of California-San Diego, where he attends as a freshman math major. Mao graduated with a 3.4 GPA and attends Penn State.
Four Hebron students received AP Scholar recognition for scoring an average of 3 or higher on three or more exams. They are Nicolas Legare of Canada, Arianna Pinkham of Auburn, ME, Elliott Ross of Waterford, ME and Beverly, Ma, all seniors last year, and Zhihao Wang of China, who is currently a junior at Hebron Academy.
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Hebron Academy is a small, private, co-ed college preparatory boarding and day school for students in grades six through postgraduate located in Hebron Maine. Students from across the United States and around the world are challenged and inspired to reach their highest potential in mind, body, and spirit through small classes, knowledgeable and caring teachers who provide individual attention, and a friendly, respectful, family atmosphere.