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Mount Mercy News of Note - AP Scholars Recognized

by Pat Burns

January 26, 2021


 For Immediate Release


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Mount Mercy Recognizes Its AP Scholars


Mount Mercy Academy Head of School Michele Melligan recently announced the school’s AP (Advanced Placement) Scholars.  Advanced Placement (AP) is a program in the United States created by the College Board which offers college-level curricula and examinations to high school students. American colleges and universities may grant placement and course credit to students who obtain high scores on the examinations.  AP courses are rigorous, college-level classes in a variety of subjects that give students an opportunity to gain the skills and experience colleges recognize.

Eight seniors were named AP scholars.   Named as an AP Scholar for 2020 were Megan Quinn and Catherine Zak of Hamburg, Angelina Larivey and Rheanna Welsh of Lackwanna, Megan Jozwiak of Springville, Emily Kessler of West Seneca, Gianna Lauciello of Orchard Park and Madeline Lickfeld of Buffalo. These eight students have taken three AP exams and have attained a score of 3 or higher on each exam. 

Three seniors were named an AP Scholar with Honor for taking four AP exams and scoring at least a three on all exams with an average of at least a 3.25 on the exams.  Named as an AP Scholar with Honor were Claire Mullen and Emily Rhoads of Orchard Park and Lara Groves of Lakeview.

In addition, twenty-one graduates from the Class of 2020 were honored.  Seven graduates including Hannah Dierolf, Madelyn DiGiore, Jenna Eszak, Violet Friedhaber, Sara Geiser, Evelyn Nowak and Jessica Shaw earned AP Scholar status. Four students, Kathleen Ball, Erin Jackson, Natalie Redmond and Jenna Shalloe were named AP Scholars with Honor. Ten members of the Class of 2020, Brigid Burke, Madeline Fecio, Grace Harrington, Elizabeth Higgins, Lily Kasperek, Jillian Kotwica, Olivia Larson, Chloe McHugh Freedenberg, Allysyn Pajek and Christina Zambron were cited as AP Scholars with Distinction for attaining an average of at least 3.5 on five or more exams, with no score lower than a 3.


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