Dobyns-Bennett Celebrates 12 AP Capstone Diploma Recipients & Recognizes 173 AP Scholars

Kingsport, Tenn. – Twelve (12) Dobyns-Bennett High School students have received Advanced Placement® (AP®) Capstone Diplomas during the 2020-21 school year, as well as a total of 173 AP Scholars named.   

"This record number of AP scholars reflects remarkable effort and resiliency on the part of our students combined with great support and planning from our Advanced Placement teachers," said Dobyns-Bennett High School Principal Dr. Chris Hampton. "I could not be more proud of our results and the effort students have put forth over the last couple of AP testing cycles. I am confident this level of preparation will pay off significantly as these students continue their education beyond Dobyns-Bennett."

Dobyns-Bennett AP Capstone Diploma™ recipients are: 
  • Chandni Bhat
  • Caleb Buell
  • John Cole
  • Emily Fowler
  • Vincent Gould
  • Seth Hilton
  • Jerome Jarjoura
  • Gillian Marlow
  • Neekon Nejad
  • Annabeth Parker
  • Fathima Shaikh
  • Rishita Vutukuri
The AP Capstone Diploma program allows students to develop critical thinking, research, and presentation skills, both individually and as a team. Students conduct academic research on topics of personal interests in two interdisciplinary courses: AP Seminar and AP Research. The capstone program is led by Dobyns-Bennett Chemistry and AP Research teacher, Ushma Kothari and English and AP Seminar teacher, Leigh Tuell.
To receive the AP Capstone Diploma, students must earn scores of 3 or higher in AP Seminar, AP Research, and on four additional AP Exams. To receive the AP Seminar and Research Certificate™, students must earn scores of 3 or higher in AP Seminar and AP Research. Over 2,000 schools participated in the AP Capstone program worldwide during the 2020-21 school year, when approximately 11,900 students earned the AP Capstone Diploma and 7,700 earned the AP Seminar and Research Certificate.  

In addition, there are 173 Dobyns-Bennett AP Scholars. Out of the 173, a total of 60 students have been named AP Scholars (earned scores of 3 or higher on three or more exams), 19 AP Scholars with Honor students (average score of 3.71 on all exams and at least a 3 on four or more exams), 94 AP Scholars with Distinction students (average of 4.1 on all exams and at least a 3 on five or more tests), 2 AP Research and Seminar Diploma students (average of 3.5 on the exam and earned scores of 3 or higher in AP Seminar and AP Research), and 12 AP Capstone Diploma students.

The College Board Advanced Placement Program gives students the opportunity to take challenging college-level courses while still in high school. A 3 or higher on an AP Exam has multiple benefits for students, including earning college credit, advanced placement, or both for successful performance on AP Exams, saving them time and money. Research shows AP students are better prepared for and more likely to enroll and remain in college, do well in classes, and earn their degrees on time. Each exam is developed by a committee of college and university faculty and AP teachers, ensuring that AP Exams align with their high standards.

Kingsport City Schools (KCS) is a public school district located in Kingsport, Tenn., serving students in Sullivan and Hawkins county. The district is comprised of 13 schools, including a Pre-K, eight elementary schools, two middle schools, one high school, a high school program of choice, and an alternative learning program; with a total enrollment of over 7,600 students. The vision of Kingsport City Schools is to Inspire. Cultivate. Impact.

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