Memorial Celebrates AP Scholars with ‘Magical’ Pep Rally

Memorial Celebrates AP Scholars with ‘Magical’ Pep Rally
Posted on 10/28/2016
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Memorial AP Scholars show off their checks for successfully passing their AP exams.


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Memorial teachers Kevin Ackerman as Dumbledore and Kelly Wadyko as Rita Skeeter from Harry Potter.

By Melissa Trevizo
PISD Communications


Members of the board of trustees, administrators and faculty honored Advanced Placement students at Memorial Friday, October 28 with a pep rally for successfully passing AP exams.

Memorial students were awarded checks totaling $38,500 for achieving qualified scores on the AP exams. The majority of the funding for the check donations was generously provided by the School Board with contributions from the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation.

During the pep rally, students were treated to Harry Potter style theatrics as math teacher Kevin Ackerman put on his best Dumbledore impression to emcee the event. After the checks were given to AP scholars, advanced placement students in each grade level were pitted against their teachers in a Harry Potter themed trivia game. The teachers reigned victorious, winning movie passes.

Students who take the end-of-year AP exams must achieve a score of 3 or higher to pass and earn credit, advanced placement or both from a college or university. Research indicates that students who pass the exams are successful in college and in the workplace.

“Data has shown that students who take AP exams usually achieve higher GPAs and graduate from college in four years,” Karen Hickman, Pasadena ISD associate superintendent said.

Hickman explained that the cash incentives and support from campus staff have helped boost participation in the AP program.

“The schools are doing a great job of encouraging students to take challenging courses.” Hickman said. “I think students do understand that hard work does pay off.”

South Houston, Rayburn and the Lewis Career and Technical high schools have AP celebrations scheduled throughout the month of November.

2016 Memorial AP Scholars, scoring 3 or higher on 3 or more AP exams:

  • Melissa Anderson
  • Jesus Botello Esquivel   
  • Kimberly Brennan
  • Michelle Cajero               
  • Alondra Cruz                     
  • Andrew Dougherty
  • Mariano Garcia
  • Eric Garza
  • Luis Garza
  • Daniel Hernandez
  • Dustin Kattner
  • Juan Leyva
  • Denise Martinez
  • Jose Palma
  • Aadarshi Patel
  • Jese Ramirez
  • Luis Sandoval
  • Zachary Skripka
  • Sarah Smith
  • Josue Trevino
  • Edna Vazquez
  • Sebastian Veloquio 

2016 AP Scholars with Honor, earning 3.25 on all AP exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on 4 or more of these exams:

  • Blake Hinesley
  • Andrew Mendoza
  • Theresa Nguyen
  • Anthony Pham
  • Sherwin Philip
  • Zachary Schwarze

2016 AP Scholars with Distinction, earning 3.5 on all AP exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on 5 or more of these exams:

  • Mason Davis
  • Maria Rossodivita
  • Sonya Roy
  • T.J. Williams

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Pasadena ISD board president Nelda Sullivan, vice president Fred Roberts, superintendent of schools Dr. DeeAnn Powell and board secretary Kenny Fernandez show their AP Cool.

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Memorial teachers Kim Christiansen, Amber Deschamps-Jones, Kelly Wadyko, Katie Skelton, Victoria Ellis, Juanita Montoya-Silva, April Lance, Kevin Ackerman, and Kada Lamas get into the Halloween spirit dressing as characters from Harry Potter at the AP Pep Rally.