Model Laboratory School recognized three graduates as AP Capstone Diploma Candidates at the school’s Graduation and Commencement ceremony.
Caleb Mayer, Everett Parker-Noblitt, and Allison Shaffer are the first from Model Laboratory School to receive the prestigious recognition.
Model is one of just twenty-one high schools in Kentucky that offers the program.
Recognized internationally and similar to the International Baccalaureate Diploma and The Cambridge Advanced International Certificate of Education, the AP Capstone Diploma is awarded by the College Board, and is one of the most academically rigorous programs in the world.
“The AP Capstone Diploma enables students and teachers to focus on topics of their choice in great depth,” said Trevor Packer, senior vice president for AP and Instruction at the College Board. He added, “This provides terrific opportunities for students to develop the ability to write and present their work effectively, individually, and in groups—the very skills college professors want their students to possess.”
Students who earn scores of 3 or higher in AP Seminar and AP Research and on four additional AP Exams of their choosing receive the AP Capstone Diploma.
The hallmark of the AP Capstone experience is the senior research project, which includes an academic paper, presentation, and oral defense.
“Throughout my experience taking AP courses and AP Research especially, I learned how to design, write, present, and defend a formalized research paper. I’m thankful to have had this experience because I’ll be confident in my skills to complete the process when I join a research project at the university,” said Caleb Mayer, who plans to attend the University of Louisville.
The other AP Capstone Diploma candidates, Everett Parker-Noblitt and Allison Shaffer, plan to attend Yale University and Georgetown College, respectively.