SHHS student Micah Williams shows off the check he earned for successfully passing AP exams.
| This SHHS student needed extra shade because his future is so bright.
Nearly 70 South Houston High students were awarded checks totaling $19,600 during a luncheon ceremony for successfully passing their AP exams in the spring 2016.
The students were presented checks for achieving qualified scores of 3 or higher to pass and earn credit, advanced placement or both from a college or university. 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.
“Taking AP courses demonstrates to college admission officers that students have attempted the most rigorous curriculum available at their high school,” Andrea Wenke, SHHS principal said. “We are very proud of your accomplishments.”
The celebration welcomed district leadership including representation from the board of trustees, district administration and campus faculty.
Students who took part in the celebration were invited to the front of the room to shake hands with the special guests, several of whom have helped them along the way, and accept their checks.
“It was very rewarding to be recognized in front of my fellow peers and to know that all of our hard work, sweat and tears paid off,” Evangelina Monterroza, SHHS junior said.
Albert Garza, a senior at South Houston, was honored as an AP Scholar with Distinction, earning 3.5 on five of the AP exams taken. He views the AP exams as an investment into his future.
“It’s nice to know that I am getting money back on the test,” Garza said. “I plan to save this money for school.”
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:
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:
2016 South Houston AP Scholars, scoring 3 or higher on 3 or more AP exams:
Katia Avalos Romero