Students Rewarded for Academic Accomplishments

Students Rewarded for Academic Accomplishments
Posted on 10/26/2018
PELHAM – Almost $12,000 in VISA gift cards were awarded to past and present Pelham High School students who passed their AP exams during the 2017-18 school year.

Students and teachers were recognized for their success at the Academic Pep Rally, held Friday, Oct. 19, in the auditorium at PHS.

AP Literature teacher Rebecca Burnett said $100 gift cards went to 119 students for each AP exam qualifying score, which is a three or better. Students earned a total of $11,900. AP teachers earned $100 for each qualifying score in their classes. In total, students and teachers earned about $25,000 for their academic achievements.

Students who pass AP exams receive college credit for the class(es), which allows them to begin college at a higher level. Braxton Jeffcoat, PHS valedictorian for the 2017-18 school year, received $500 in VISA gift cards and earned 22 college credits by taking AP courses. He started Rhodes College as a sophomore.

The pep rally featured four students who talked about the impact AP courses have had on their high school experience. PHS graduate Jake Germek, who attends Springhill College, said he learned that being exposed to things that push him outside of this comfort zone is more important than having a 4.0 GPA. The experiences along the way are what helped him grow as a person, he said.

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