AP Students of the Week
- AP Statistics (Ms. Saveliff): "I would like to recognize Erin McCraw as my AP Student of the Week. Erin has consistently performed well throughout the year, but she has recently done exceptionally well since we started review for the AP Exam. Erin has been on the high score board for the last three assessments, including two cumulative review quizzes. She has shown that she has an incredible understanding of and appreciation for the big picture. She is able to tie everything together and it is clear that she is a hard worker and dedicated to the material. I've been lucky to have Erin as a student this year!"
- AP Human Geography (Mrs. Bailey): My section of AP Human Geography is full of excellent students and great personalities. However, one student who really stands out is Sam Johnson. Sam consistently earns top grades on all assignments. He is hardworking, intelligent, and eager to learn. Additionally, Sam is always willing to help out his fellow classmates.
- AP Environmental Science (Ms. Morales): Owen Starr has a lot of interest and enthusiasm for environmental science and it shows in his very high academic achievements and engaging class presentations in AP Environmental Science. For each presentation, Owen brings very engaging information and a style that really captivates the whole class. He is always willing to volunteer to lead an activity or present lab results and does a great job of sharing his knowledge with the class. Owen often brings in real life environmental examples to our classroom discussions which shows his interest and research in the subject even outside of the class.
- AP Government (Mr. Belvin): “I would like to recognize Thomas Bruhn as Student of the Week for AP U.S. Government and Politics. Thomas has the highest average (97) in my class through three quarters. He has demonstrated tremendous content mastery, as well as an understated and quirky leadership quality that causes his classmates to gravitate towards him. Thomas also brings an intuitive grasp of politics and current events that enriches our class discussions.”
- AP Psychology (Mr. Belvin): “I would like to recognize Madeline Fitzgerald as Student of the Week for AP Psychology. Not only does Madeline have the highest average (99) in my four Psych classes through three quarters, she is the only student to ace every single test and quiz. I'm tempted to use her essays to develop my rubrics before grading anyone else's. Madeline is one of the most responsible and forward-thinking students I have ever taught.”
- AP Biology (Mr. Perry) "Peter Tung is a true joy to have in class. He is a great classmate and student. He comes early to prep for labs and stays after to complete any work or even help clean. He is always ready to help other students in class or even to help outside of school.
- AP Calculus (Ms. VanWormer) I would like to nominate Megan Brinkman for AP Student of the Week. Megan has been showing great teamwork in class, providing positive support during group work and advocating for other students. Megan balances a strong course load with extra curricular and also makes the time for extra help sessions. I can tell Megan values her education and makes it a priority. Her hard work academically as well as kind and supportive spirit towards peers should be recognized.
- AP English Language (Ms. Howes) I would like to recognize Mercer Stanfield as my AP Student of the Week. Mercer approaches every task and discussion in our class with a positive, upbeat attitude and genuine desire to learn and master the course material. Throughout the course of this year, he has consistently set an excellent example for his peers in terms of attention to detail, attitude, and dedication. His ability to critically engage with material that is challenging both academically and emotionally is highly encouraging to me as an educator and I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to teach him this year!
- AP Human Geography (Mr. Brosnan) I would like to recognize Riley Reeves as my AP Student of the Week. Riley consistently earns one of the highest scores on tests and exams. Additionally, Riley is always focused on lesson tasks and works very hard to engage with the materials we are working on. She serves as a role model for how students should approach the course. Riley always has something to contribute to our discussions and she is genuinely interested in learning. She is well read, aware of global issues, and able to provide high level critical analysis. Riley is outspoken and not afraid to take a position on issues and to argue/debate her convictions with confidence and authority. It’s great to have Riley in class and she stands out regularly as one of the strongest students in what is likely the strongest top to bottom class of AP Freshmen I have ever taught. Riley very deserving of recognition as AP Student of the Week!
- AP Environmental Science (Ms. Huckbody) My student of the week for AP Environmental science is Shaun Deardorff. Shaun brings a unique perspective to APES. His ability to ask questions and stimulate conversation about the topics being covered makes it a joy to have him. Shaun is both hardworking and keep an eye on the details which you can see in the work he produces.
AP US History (Mr. Holthaus) Sam Reid has been one of the sharpest students in AP United States History this year. Not only does he consistently earn a spot on the “High Score Board,” but he has also developed quite the analytical repertoire. He synthesizes themes from different time periods, supports his thesis statements clearly with evidence, and parses primary sources like a champ. The dude has got some serious skills. One of my favorite things about Sam is that he often mouths/whispers the answers to questions during lecture because he wants other students to have the chance to answer. Obviously, Sam understands the immense value of humility, hard work, and intellectual curiosity.
AP Psychology (Mr. Holthaus) Avery Prescott is, perhaps, the hardest working student between my two AP Psychology sections this year. He regularly shows up early to ask clarifying questions, completes extra optional assignments, and attends every single review session with questions prepared from the review guide. Over the past several months, his hard work has paid off with high scores on assessments and greater confidence participating in class discussion. When I assign groups for in-class activities, I know that I can always count on Avery to be an asset to his group because of his winning smile, immense content knowledge, and kind demeanor.
AP Seminar (Mr. McDonald) While most of my students are deserving of praise, Marie Caiola stands out. Her research paper this quarter was one of the most well-researched and thoughtful pieces submitted and she ended the second quarter with the highest grade of all of my students. More importantly, she regularly participates in class, works very well with others, and truly represents the expectations of the AP Capstone framework.
AP Government & Politics (Mr. McDonald) Campbell Thomas and Samantha Richard represent the very best of my course. While they have the highest grades, they are leaders in discussion, active participates in class, exceed every academic expectation in front of them. Additionally, they maintain an intellectual curiosity held by few of their peers.
- AP Environmental Science (Ms. Morales) Emma Terry Edmunds is a consistently dedicated and very high achieving student in AP Environmental Science. She stands out for her positive attitude, contributions to class discussions, and enthusiasm for the subject. Emma is also a very good collaborator and leader in her lab group, leading her group to efficiently achieve their goals.
- AP Human Geography (Mr. Brosnan): First as always, a shout out to all the students in my AP Human Geography class—these students are rising to a very significant challenge. I am impressed with these students who are taking a college level class as 9th graders. I would like to nominate Catherine Vu to be AP Student of the Week. Catherine excels in the classroom and has done very well on our unit assessments. Catherine is also remarkably engaged in our lessons and classroom conversations. She is a sharp critical thinker and provider of strong analysis. I appreciate her drive to learn the content. She is bright, motivated and works great with her classmates. Catherine is an excellent representative for AP Human Geography.
- AP US History (Mr. Perez): I nominate Bryce Marroquin, who has played an active role in class discussion, performed well on some of the more challenging exams, and overall has a consistent and critical engagement with the material.
- AP Environmental Science (Ms. Huckbody): Hannah Sauls comes to class with a positive attitude and engages with the material and the topics presented to make new connections. Hannah works hard and wants to know that she is on the right track with her writing and problem solving which encourages those around her to work hard as well. She is not afraid to ask questions to better understand the why behind what we are learning. Hannah’s character, and positivity is the reason she deserves this recognition and I am glad to have the opportunity to teach her this year!
- AP Biology (Mr. Perry): I would like to nominate Shreya Bhat for AP Biology student of the week. From the beginning, Shreya has worked hard. She searches through material to find connections and extensions. Her constant desire to know not just the what, but the why and how of everything we cover. She is a source for questions for me and a source of support for those around her.
- AP Government & Politics (Mr. O’Keefe ): Cole Whittington is our AP Student of the Week! Cole is a dedicated student who has genuine interest in course content. He offers unique perspectives during class discussion and he is open to viewpoints that challenge his own. In addition to Cole’s excellent performance in class, he is a critical thinker and his work outside of the classroom is evident. It is a pleasure having Cole Whittington in class and Jordan High School is lucky to have him!!!!
- AP US History (Mr. Holthaus): Aurora Read has excelled according to all typical measures of academic success in AP US History. Her projects are of high quality and demonstrate exceptional attention to detail, her writing is clear and packed with evidence to support her position, and her scores on assessments demonstrate both disciplined preparation and immense intellectual skill. Perhaps more important than these indications, Aurora is also simply a joy to have in the classroom. She is funny and kind to her classmates, she participates in class discussion (usually answering the hard questions that have stumped her peers), and she asks thoughtful questions that help to expand everyone’s content knowledge. I know that I can always count on Aurora to simultaneously help her group to understand a concept, put in extra work to understand the material, and earn a spot on the high score board.
- AP Psychology (Mr. Holthaus): Marec Marhoul is an exceptionally bright and kind student. No stranger to the high score board, Marec consistently goes above and beyond his responsibilities as a high-performing student. For a quiz last unit, Marec stayed in my classroom during lunch to help another student review the material, resulting in relatively high grades for both of them. After a messy project day, Marec offered to stay behind and help clean up because he had a free period the next class. He often asks questions about the material during discussion and demonstrates excitement and genuine interest in the subject matter. Not only is Marec intellectually talented, but he is a bright, positive presence to have in the classroom and I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to teach him.
- AP English III (Ms. Howes): Jori Wilks has shown a true dedication to a mastery of the content and skills we are covering in AP Language and Composition. Since the first day, she has shown an eye for drawing insightful connections between various texts we've been discussing in class. Not only is she unafraid to speak up while covering challenging concepts, she also excellently facilitates and draws out quality thoughts from other classmates. Her performance in class is clearly motivated from a place of desire for academic growth rather than an attempt to receive perfect marks, which is truly refreshing. Her honesty, character, and positive attitude deserve recognition and I am very thankful for the opportunity to teach her this year.
- AP Statistics (Ms. Saveliff): My student of the week for AP Statistics is Ryan Wilson. Ryan has completed very high quality and thorough work so far this year. He scored a high score on our first unit assessment, demonstrating excellent work and advanced reasoning. His work that he completes in class is equally as thorough and thoughtful. I am excited to see who Ryan continues to grow as a statistics student throughout the year!
- AP Government (Mr. Zakrzewski): It is my pleasure to nominate Natalie Russell for student of the week. She has at every opportunity shown the work ethic, attention to detail, and positive attitude that has earned her recognition today. Natalie’s nuanced command of our material has been a wonderful example of student achievement; an example that her colleagues and other teachers are sure to notice and appreciate. Her leadership and eagerness to achieve mastery is truly exciting to watch. Congratulations, we are all eager for your future contributions to our AP program, high school and community.
- AP Language (Mr. Miller): My student of the week is Gabi Overcast-Hawks. Through the process of revising her argumentative outline, Gabi was able to revise all of her errors and submit a perfect outline. Through this process she shows me that she is able to receive criticism and apply it thoroughly in order to improve her process as a planner, thinker, and writer. Further, Gabi has been a standout student in the way that she participates in class. She listens to the ideas of others, builds on them, and contributes her own ideas as well.
- AP Seminar (Mr. Miller): My student of the week for AP Seminar is Saleana Zheng. So far, Saleana has shown herself to be a total rockstar in AP Seminar. Saleana is always prepared for class and always fully engaged in the daily tasks. I’ve seen her work as a leader in the classroom as well as a helper to her other peers. Saleana takes time in class to develop her own curiosity around topics and to ask important questions that lead to interesting and thought-provoking answers.
- AP English Literature (Mr. Hulbert): Gemma Koeberl has produced quality work in all of her assignments so far, and during class discussions or analysis she has a laser-like focus. Her work in class is methodically finished well before her peers, but most importantly she displays constant critical thinking. In analysis of prose and poetry she shows confidence in challenging interpretations that I lead that class towards, and backs up her assertions with evidence. Besides applying the skeptical criticism that the course seeks to foster in students, I think it is particularly noteworthy when a student respectfully challenges position of the instructor. Not only does it allow me to delve further into rationale that other students may be missing, but it also reiterates for the other students in the room that interpretation of literature is varied and that with proper justification multiple interpretations of a text are valid.
- AP Human Geography (Mrs. Bailey): So far this year in AP Human Geography, Elena Brosnan has stood in many ways. She is always prepared, participates often, and performs well as assessments. For their summer assignment, AP HUG students had to read Jared Diamond's "Guns, Germs, and Steel" and prepare a written response that focused on economic, socio-cultural, political, and environmental elements. Elena's analysis and discussion were incredibly well thought out and detailed. Additionally, she earned one of the highest grades in the class on the first reading quiz and a perfect score on her map quiz. Keep up the great work Elena!
- AP Calculus (Ms. VanWormer): "Sarah Tolman has shown great teamwork and positivity in Calculus already in the first two weeks. Sarah has been engaged in lessons, asking thoughtful questions, and sharing her work with the class. She is respectful and helpful when working with partners in class. I appreciate her attitude in starting the year off right!"
- AP Spanish (Ms. Sudderth): "My AP student of the week is Sofía Fernández. She is continuing where she left off in Spanish IV, offering excellent insights in her assignments and making creative connections to the novel from the summer assignment. She speaks up in class and engages easily with the other students in discussions. I look forward to seeing her succeed this year."
- AP Government & Politics (Mr. McDonald) - Though we are only two weeks in, Alicia Laxton has already impressed in AP GoPo. While her summer assignment was extremely strong and her dedication in class is clear, she was the only student to earn an A on the first quiz, demonstrating both thorough notes and a clear commitment to the content. I look forward to her work the rest of the quarter.
- AP Seminar (Mr. McDonald) - Sofia Fernandez has exceeded expectations with every assignment thus far. Her annotations for Freakonomics were among the most thorough, she earned a perfect score on the first quiz, and has earned full credit on two analysis assignments. She is already working hard to build on and develop the skills necessary to be successful in the class.