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eStem Celebrates our 2017 AP Scholars
eStem Celebrates our 2017 AP Scholars
Stacie Thompson and Dennis Pevey

The mission statement of eStem Schools- College Ready, Career Ready, World Ready, is more than just a snappy saying- It’s a reflection of our commitment to provide a high-quality educational experience that prepares students for whatever challenges they will face in the future.

The Washington Post ranked eStem High School as the 2nd most-challenging high school in Arkansas as well as in the top 30 percent of schools nation-wide (Link to article). This distinction was earned, in part, due to the number of advanced courses we offer as well as the impressive percentage of students mastering college-level material (through our AP and concurrent-enrollment classes).

Each year the AP, or Advanced-Placement, exam is taken by millions of students across the country at the end of an  AP course.  A student’s AP score is the measure of his or her achievement in a particular class. The score is a combination of the multiple choice and free-response sections and is reported on a 5-point scale:

  • 5 = extremely well qualified
  • 4 = well qualified
  • 3 = qualified
  • 2 = possibly qualified
  • 1 = no recommendation 

This score is often used by colleges and universities as a measure to determine if a student is “qualified” to do the work of a particular college course. It is also used by institutions to grant college credit for material learned in high school or even to allow students to skip ahead to higher-level coursework.

Since 2010, we’ve seen the number of tests issued to eStem students grow from 62 tests to a whopping 578 tests issued last year! 2017 was a record-setting year with both the highest number of tests issued as well as the highest overall pass-rate in eStem history.

2017 was a great year for our students as well. Each year, College Board (the national organization responsible for developing and administering AP exams) compiles reports for schools based on the results of the previous year’s AP exam and assigns awards to students that meet the following criteria:

  • AP Scholar Granted to students who receive scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP Exams.
  • AP Scholar with Honor Granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams.
  • AP Scholar with Distinction Granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams.

Across these three levels, 35 eStem students were designated as AP Scholars. While simply earning a passing score (3-5) is an impressive achievement, these students confirm our commitment to high-quality instruction and help prove that we are cultivating students that are College Ready. All of our AP Scholars are listed below. While many of these students have graduated and are enrolled in colleges around the country, we still wanted to recognize them for their achievements made last year at eStem High.

We also want to acknowledge the amazing accomplishments of a couple of our AP teachers: Stacie Thompson and Virginia King. These two powerful educators had 100% of their students pass the AP exam. This is the second year for Mrs. King to be honored after making eStem history in 2016 for being the first teacher to ever earn a 100% pass rate. It is also impressive to note that Mrs. Thompson’s course, AP Seminar, was offered for the first time last year.

We are very proud to have the opportunity to teach these brilliant students and are fortunate to have such a talented team of teachers that have shaped them along the way.


AP Scholars-  Granted to students who receive scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP Exams.

  • Miller Bacon
  • Gabrielle Harville
  • Claudia Smith
  • Isabel Vasquez
  • Kenneth Carper
  • Hannah Cuffel
  • Michael Cuffel
  • Elizziebeth Dickerson
  • Robert Bolin
  • James Bowling
  • Mallory Cain
  • Olivia Fitzgibbon
  • Sarah Friedman
  • Zoe Harper
  • John King
  • Jordan Korycki
  • Logan Hubberd
  • Audrey Schwartz
  • Noah Willbanks
  • Montana Young
  • Austin Ashley
  • Abigail Alba
  • Madison Carter
  • Emerson Smith
  • Lauren-Franc Wood
  • Vance Gardner
  • Hannah Gray
  • Leah Hanson
  • Riley Hope
  •  Jonathan Jones
  • Charles Kozak
  • Greta Kresse
  • Anna Mccreight
  • Joshua Portzer
  • Jackson Schilling

AP Scholars with Honor- Granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams.

  • Isabella Frazier-Pool
  • Sienna  Grace
  • Grace Heflin
  • Philip Labeau
  • Anna Peterson

AP Scholars with Distinction- Granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams.

  • Noah Haynes
  • Andrew Shields
  • Kaitlyn Williams
  • Jessica Daniell
  • Alexa Ramick
  • Daniel Smith