The Wild for Cats Academic Booster Club hosted an awards breakfast last week for 33 Lake Highlands High School students who have excelled in the National Math and Science Initiative’s Advanced Placement program. The NMSI is a non-profit launched in 2007 to transform math and science education in the U.S., and the Texas Instruments Foundation provided a $1.4 million grant to Richardson ISD to expand the AP program throughout the district. Each student received $100 for each AP test he or she passed.
The program includes study sessions outside of normal school hours and intense training and incentives for AP teachers and teachers of younger students preparing to enter the AP pipeline. In addition to the cash awards, students who pass AP exams save money by earning college credit and are 3 times more likely to complete their college education.
The Wildcats participating were: Nicholas Arends, Murial Bezanson, Sarah Bowen, Claire Brookover, Summer Brown-Dawson, Peyton Cabaniss, Blake Dabrowski, Brooke Elkjer, Joshua Garwood, Mark Garwood, Kristen Hazen, Shomo Htoo, Ashley Irion, Lanie Jackson, Brandon Jodie, Kendall Kaigler, Nahiyan Khan, Sean Macintyre, Zoe Martin, Emily Moise, Alexa Palmer, Tita Peterson, William Popejoy, Nathan Price, Julia Seago, Grace Tipton, Fernando Torres, Matthew Weitzel, Matthew Wieters, Kenton Wilhelm, Collin Williams and Justin Yarbrough.