Des Moines Public Schools Announces 2010 AP National Scholars and IB Graduates

The Des Moines Public Schools announced a record number of 27 students identified as AP National Scholars in 2010. The College Board annually releases the AP Scholars list for each school district following the results of the Spring Advanced Placement (AP) testing. To earn the prestigious AP National Scholar Award a student must take eight or more AP exams and receive a near perfect score of four or higher on each exam.

Recipients of the AP National Scholar Awards from Des Moines include Andrew Barrett (Roosevelt) – 11, Samuel Burt (Hoover) – 12, Greta Dahlberg (Roosevelt) – 12, Anna Dickerson (Lincoln) – 12, Kevin Dorff (Roosevelt) – 12, Zach Flickinger (East) – 12, Luke Gude (Hoover) – 12, Nick Hallman (Roosevelt) – 12, Alex Hoover (Lincoln) – 12, Halle Hudson (Roosevelt) – 12, John Irvine (Roosevelt) – 12, Minh Tam Le (Roosevelt) – 11, Amelia Martin (Roosevelt) – 12, Cora Metrick-Chen (Roosevelt) – 12, Neal Nath – (Roosevelt) – 12, Tony O’Donnell (Roosevelt) – 12, Rebecca Patton (Roosevelt) – 12, Kevin Porter (Roosevelt) – 11, Varun Ramaswamy (Roosevelt) – 11, Sam Roeder (Roosevelt) – 11, Matt Rogowski (Lincoln) – 12, Joel Schneider (Roosevelt) – 11, Emily Southard (Roosevelt) – 12, Nicholas Swingle (Roosevelt) – 12, Jason Walsh (Roosevelt) – 11, Marion Whitaker (Lincoln) – 12, Aaron Williams (Roosevelt) – 12.

In total, 154 Des Moines Public School students were identified for various AP Scholar Awards in 2010. These awards include AP Scholars, AP Scholars with Honors, and AP Scholars with Distinction. Des Moines students have received 249 National Scholar Awards, and 1797 AP Scholar awards since 1991.

The College Board’s mission is to connect students to college success and opportunity. Among its programs are the SAT, PSAT/NMSQT, and the Advanced Placement program. Additional information regarding the Advanced Placement Program is available at

In related news, Des Moines Public Schools’ first International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Candidates in the IB Diploma Programme at Central Academy recently received their final exam results. Ninety-three percent of these graduating seniors received exam scores required for the IB Diploma. This school year, 142 students are taking at least one IB course — an increase from 31 students who were enrolled in the program for 2009-2010.

“Our students continue to produce exemplary results in the Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate programs,” said Dr. Nancy Sebring, superintendent. “We are so very proud of all of our students and we will continue to expand these programs and others to provide them with unlimited opportunities for learning.”