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Center for Professional Development celebrates scholars

January 29, 2011
The Inter-Mountain

The West Virginia Center for Professional Development (WVCPD) has announced the 2010 class of Advanced Placement (AP) Rising Scholars. These students passed at least three AP exams during high school to receive this distinguished honor. The College Board named 186 West Virginia high school students as rising scholars representing the fifth consecutive year for a record-breaking number of scholars in the state. Pendleton County High School student Jamie Hand and Philip Barbour High School student Briana Shockey were among this year's class.

Advanced Placement is a highly regarded, nationally recognized program sponsored by the College Board. It offers high school students an opportunity to take college courses and receive college credit before entering college. WVCPD provides educators the professional development needed to enhance AP classroom instruction and effectiveness. Students enroll in AP courses and complete classroom assignments and exams during the school year. However, the College Board-sanctioned AP exam taken in May determines whether the student will be eligible for college credit. Most students take the courses at their high schools, while some classes are offered online.

In addition to the Rising Scholars, WVCPD recognized two State Scholars. These are the male and female students who have passed the most AP exams during their high school careers.

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TOP NOTCH — First Lady Joanne Tomblin, left, and Secretary of the Office of Education and the Arts Kay Goodwin, right, congratulate AP Scholar Briana Shockey.

This year's Male AP State Scholar is Bayan Misaghi, and the Female State Scholar is Hana Glasser. Both students are graduates of George Washington High School in Charleston.

WVCPD also welcomed new schools to the program that have not had Rising Scholars in the past. This indicates that more schools are offering AP courses and experiencing success with their students. National data points to the need to increase rigor in the classroom in order to increase student achievement in core content areas.

"For five consecutive years, we have seen the number of our Rising Scholars increase as a result of schools, communities, parents, and educational organizations and boards working together," explained Karen Linville, director of WVCPD's Advanced Placement Program. The Center will continue its commitment to AP because the program has proven to increase student preparedness for the rigors of college.

"By exploring avenues to expand professional development to more teachers around the state, we hope more students will have greater access to high-quality instruction in the AP classroom," she continued.

WVCPD recognized the scholars and their families during a dinner at the Charleston Civic Center North Hall on Dec. 17.

First lady Joanne Tomblin provided special remarks, and College Board President Gaston Caperton addressed the students via pre-recorded video.

Regional College Board representatives attended the event and addressed the families as well.

For additional details regarding the AP Program and the AP Rising Scholars Dinner, call Christy Day, director of communications, at 304-558-0539 (phone), 304-389-6766 (mobile) or e-mail

The West Virginia Center for Professional Development is one of five agencies within the Office of Education and the Arts.

It was established in 1991 by legislative code to provide professional development for state educators that will increase student academic achievement in the classroom. It facilitates workshops and courses throughout the state and online to ensure principals, teachers, counselors and administrators have the skills necessary to create innovative and positive learning environments for state children.



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