Dobyns-Bennett High School Celebrates 12 AP Capstone Diploma Recipients

KINGSPORT, TENN. – Twelve (12) Dobyns-Bennett High School students received Advanced Placement® (AP®) Capstone Diplomas during the 2022-23 school year. The AP Capstone Diploma program helps students develop the critical thinking, research, collaboration, and presentation skills that are crucial for academic success.
Dobyns-Bennett AP Capstone Diploma™ recipients are:
  • Nia Ailshie
  • William Armentrout
  • Samuel Barbour
  • Karina George
  • Elena Gould
  • Adam Heiba
  • Salma Heiba
  • Alyssa Lajoie
  • Ernest McVey
  • Zackary Newman
  • Kate Valentine
  • Ava Warrick
“We're thrilled to celebrate the accomplishments of students who took part in the AP Capstone Diploma program," said Dobyns-Bennett High School Principal Dr. Brian Tate. “Our AP Capstone students and teachers showed remarkable commitment to this academic program, allowing them to fully investigate their interests through in-depth research. This program prepares our students effectively for college and will continue to benefit them beyond high school.”

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 of their choice. To receive the AP Seminar and Research Certificate, students must earn scores of 3 or higher in AP Seminar and AP Research. The program has reached a milestone of over 100,000 students participating during the 2022-23 academic year, representing over 2,500 schools worldwide. Approximately 15,800 students earned the AP Capstone Diploma, and 9,600 students earned the AP Seminar and Research Certificate.  

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.

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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 7,900 students. 
KCS has been ranked the "#1 Best Place to Teach in Tennessee" by the 2023 NICHE Best Schools Ranking and the City of Kingsport has been voted as the "Nicest Places in America" in the October 2022 Reader's Digest.
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