- Chambersburg Area School District
District Celebrates Student AP & IB Achievement
On Thursday, July 18th, the Chambersburg Area School District (CASD) hosted an event to celebrate and highlight the achievement of 38 children who received a “5” score on one or more Advanced Placement (AP) exams and eight seniors who received full International Baccalaureate (IB) diplomas. Students were presented with certificates for their achievements and congratulated by District administration and teachers for their hard work.
“We are here to thank you for keeping the focus on academics,” said Dr. Cathy Dusman to the group of students, families, and community members who gathered for the celebration. “We also want to thank the parents & guardians who are always in the background pushing, affirming, and loving these children.”
Paul Unruh, AP and IB German teacher at CASHS, attributes students’ success to perseverance in the face of peer pressure to settle for less.
“These kids are intellectually gifted and intrinsically motivated; they work at another level,” Unruh explained. “It’s due to their ability to overcome the peer pressure of letting their motivation fall throughout the year. These students have an extra level of stick-to-itiveness to see it through to test day. They are the achievers.”
After receiving their certificates, students were asked to share any thoughts on their achievement. Alexandra Brajovic, a student at CASHS, wanted to make sure her teachers were recognized as well.
“The AP and IB teachers are what makes all this possible,” said Brajovic. “I want to thank all of them who are here supporting us. You guys are awesome.“
A “5” grade on an AP test is the highest possible score that can be achieved on the exam. The 5-point scale is used by college admissions offices to determine how qualified a student is to achieve college credit and placement in classes. Prior to the celebration event, all students who received a “5” score had signs placed on their yards by District administrators and teachers. Over 500 students took the AP exams at CASD this past school year.
An IB diploma requires rigorous work from students that includes classes from 6 different subject areas, a 4,000 word Extended Essay, and a Creativity, Action, and Service project that involves extracurricular activities. Diplomas from the program are recognized by universities around the world. The Chambersburg Area Senior High School (CASHS) is one of only 873 IB Diploma Programme High Schools in the United States.
The celebration featured comments from CASD Superintendent Dr. Dion Betts, Assistant Superintendent Dr. Cathy Dusman, former Career Magnet School Principal and current Assistant Superintendent Dr. Mark Long, Chambersburg Area Senior High School (CASHS) Principal Brad Ocker, IB English teacher Mrs. Stephanie Parrett, and AP/IB German teacher Paul Unruh. Kevin Mintz, Region 9 School Board Member, was also in attendance.
Students who earned a 5 on one or more AP exams:
CASHS Students who earned their IB Diploma: