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NISD celebrates AP Capstone Diploma recipients

NISD celebrates AP Capstone Diploma recipients

Northwest ISD is proud to announce that 27 students at Byron Nelson High School have earned the Advanced Placement Capstone Diploma. Additionally, 10 students have earned the AP Seminar and Research Certificate during the 2022-23 school year. 

The AP Capstone Diploma program helps students develop the critical thinking, research, collaboration, and presentation skills that are crucial for academic success. 

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 of their choice. To receive the AP Seminar and Research Certificate, students must earn scores of 3 or higher in AP Seminar and AP Research. 

“Ms. Brittany Harper and Ms. Denise Tennison have both done a tremendous job of building this program to what it is today,” said Dr. Maggie Nelson, Byron Nelson associate principal. “We are so incredibly proud of these students, as well as Ms. Harper and Ms. Tennison, and we are grateful for the incredible learning opportunity both are providing to our students through these courses.”

Students who earned the AP Capstone Diploma in the 2022-2023 school year are:
Sydney Beebe
Madeline Benoit
Jake Cary
Grace Dickerson
Lucas Gallegos
Jaden Hanusch
Ethan Hardy
Joshua Hegyes
Colin Kirchhoff
Sebastian Kravutske
Brock McDonald
McKenna Nava
Andrew Nielsen
Liam Nordstrom
Dylan Parke
Victoria Powers
Mackenzie Pulley
Michael Reagan
Yashica Sadam
Mckenna Sefcik
Anoushika Singh
Brandon Spacco
Ashlyn Sudberry
Rian Timmermans
Carson Wadsworth
Nadia Waqas
Karen Zhou

Students who earned the AP Seminar and Research Certificate in the 2022-2023 school year are:
Kylie Biesiadecki
Addison Caine
Lily Clark
David Espinoza
Sara Graham
Manuela Jaramillo
Addison Lucas
Reese McClain
Kaili Miles
Alize Zamora

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 encouraged 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 College Board’s Advanced Placement Program (AP) 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, 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.