11 QCHS students receive AP Capstone Diploma

Eleven Quakertown Community High School stu­dents earned the AP Capstone Diploma dur­ing the 2020–21 school year. The pro­gram helps stu­dents devel­op crit­i­cal think­ing, research, col­lab­o­ra­tion, and pre­sen­ta­tion skills that are crit­i­cal to aca­d­e­m­ic success.

The excep­tion­al stu­dents are 2021 grad­u­ates Rachel X. Anderson, Jonas Moll, and Ava T. Rossini, in addi­tion to cur­rent stu­dents Yelizaveta P. Hernandez, Madelyn I. LaBonge, Paul W. Lancos, Eliza S. Menser, Alexis N. Mowrer, Sara Nouri, Delaney M. Peckham and Lucas R. Schwartz.

The accom­plish­ments of these 11 stu­dents didn’t hap­pen by acci­dent,” QCHS Principal Mattias van’t Hoenderdaal said. “They have worked very hard and this is a tes­ta­ment to their efforts. Our stu­dents and teach­ers showed extra­or­di­nary com­mit­ment while fac­ing his­toric chal­lenges. This is a mean­ing­ful col­lege readi­ness pro­gram that will serve our stu­dents well after high school.”

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. Students are increas­ing­ly par­tic­i­pat­ing in the AP Capstone pro­gram at QCHS. More than 2,000 schools par­tic­i­pat­ed in the AP Capstone pro­gram world­wide dur­ing the 2020–21 school year, when approx­i­mate­ly 11,900 stu­dents earned the AP Capstone Diploma.

Congratulations to the AP Capstone award win­ners, who con­duct, present, and defend aca­d­e­m­ic research on top­ics they are pas­sion­ate about,” said Trevor Packer, College Board senior vice pres­i­dent of AP and Instruction. “Their abil­i­ty to man­age long-term projects, col­lab­o­rate with teams, and deliv­er effec­tive pre­sen­ta­tions will accel­er­ate both their aca­d­e­m­ic and pro­fes­sion­al careers.”

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.