High-Achieving Students and Teachers Receive Advanced Placement Awards

A select group of Duncanville High School students recently earned special recognition for their scores on Advance Placement (AP) tests. Photos of the honorees were also placed on the AP Wall of Fame along Main Street Duncanville High School. Some of the students also received $100 checks for their AP scores. In total, $2,700 was awarded to high-achieving scholars through the district’s partnership with the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) and Texas Instruments.

To qualify for the NMSI Award, students had to score 3 or higher on one ore more AP exams in the content areas of Science, Mathematics, English or Computer Science. NMSI Award recipients include:

Kevin Agbo

Jamie Bowers

Cristian Cabrera

Finley Costello

Michele Deguzman Murata

Anteia Jones

Michael Montemayor

Jackson Prince

Gregory Smith

John Solorzano

Jessica Washington

Chris Zenon

Approximately 18% of the 1.8 million students across the world who took the AP Exams performed at a level to be named an AP Scholar. The AP Scholar Award recognizes students who have scored a 3 or higher on three or more AP Exams. The AP Scholar honorees include:  

Jamie Bowers

Michele De Guzman Murata

Jessica Washington

Kassandra J. Zapata

Finley Costello - earned a score of 3 or higher on six AP exams, earning him the exemplary distinction of AP Scholar with Honors

The College Board National Recognition Program provides distinctions to students who achieve a qualifying score on the PSAT/NMSQT or AP exam. Two DHS students earned this special distinction. 

National African American Recognition Award – Jamie Bowers

National Hispanic Recognition Award – Isaac Rea

The College Board also identifies between 3% and 4% of students who take the PSAT as National Merit Commended Scholars. Finley Costello received this special honor.

In addition to students, two AP teachers received the AP Educator of Excellence Award -

Midiam Espinosa, AP Spanish Literature teacher; and Lindsey Escobar, AP Spanish Language and Composition teacher.