Rayburn student Samantha Amezquita is the last student to be called to collect her check. She was the only Rayburn student to earn $500 for passing five of her AP exams.
Photos/Story By Reesha Brown
Rayburn students packed into the gym on Tuesday for a glow in the dark celebration honoring students who successfully passed the AP exams in the spring 2016.
Over 170 students were presented checks totaling $28,500 for achieving qualified scores of 3 or higher to pass and earn credit, advanced placement or both from a college or university. Students received $100 for every AP exam they passed.
“Each check signifies a time commitment by students to achieve academic excellence,” Robert Stock, the principal said. “We are so proud of these students for their dedication to learn the information, pass the exams and pursue advanced learning opportunities.”
The majority of the funding for the check donations was generously provided by the Pasadena ISD School Board with contributions from the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation.
The celebration welcomed district leadership including representation from the board of trustees, district administration and campus faculty, along with the student body.
The AP students were treated to several performances by the drumline, the TexAnns and Starlettes dance teams, and cheerleaders, along with a sumo wrestling match.
“It is great to see so many students excited about learning and witness firsthand the results of hard work,” Karen Hickman, Pasadena ISD associate superintendent said. “I hope the distribution of checks in front of the others taking AP courses this year will inspire them to study hard. We had kids that had checks for $400 and $500. I wish I could take the tests.”