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Dunmore Makes The Honor Roll For The Second Year In A Row

December 13, 2018 GMT

Through access to more Advanced Placement courses, Dunmore High School students learned to manage their time and be more accountable for their work. Those same courses also placed Dunmore on the national Advanced Placement District Honor Roll for the second year in a row. Dunmore is the only school district in Lackawanna County to make the cut for 2018. It is one of 373 school districts in the United States and Canada to earn the honor. The ninth annual national honor roll recognizes districts for increasing access to AP courses and also maintaining or improving the rate at which their AP students earned scores of 3 or higher on an AP exam, according to the organization, which looked at AP data from 2016 to 2018. A score of 5 is the highest on AP exams. In 2016, only seven Dunmore students scored a 3 or higher on the annual AP exams. However, in 2017-18, the number of high scorers rose to 50 students, said Superintendent John Marichak. The high school now offers 12 AP courses — up from three before 2016 — and just this year added AP statistics, psychology, Spanish and French. Marichak attributes the national honor to the hard work and dedication of the students and staff and the support of the community and parents. “There’s nothing easy about it,” he said. While the classes are only offered to juniors and seniors, the district does plan to offer sophomore courses, Marichak said. Dunmore encourages high-achieving students to enroll in the rigorous courses, said Margo Balderson, high school guidance counselor. “It makes them work hard, it’s more responsibility and it makes them strive to do their personal best,” Balderson said. Senior Hannah Early, 17, took one AP course her junior year and another four this year. “I definitely know how to manage time better ... It’s not all just handed to you, you have to work for it,” she said, adding the district, students and teachers deserved the distinction. “There’s enough people putting in the time and effort.” Kaitlin Ahern, 18, is taking three AP courses this year and is teaching herself AP music theory. She plans to take the test this spring. “It kind of helps people instill an internal sense of work ethic,” said Ahern, a senior. Ahern said it’s amazing for Dunmore to be on the honor roll for a second year and noted her peers work during their free time to excel at the courses. “It’s just another example of how hard work pays off,” she said. Lydia Meade, 17, pushes herself in AP calculus even though she plans to take pre-med classes in college. The rigor of calculus, along with the other three AP courses she is taking, are preparing the senior to manage her course load during college. She hopes to scores a 3 or higher on the AP exam so those same courses will transfer into college credits. Outside of Lackawanna County, the Greater Nanticoke Area, Hazleton Area and Pocono Mountain school districts also made the ninth annual honor roll for 2018. The North Pocono, Abington Heights and Valley View schools districts made the list in past years. Contact the writer: kbolus@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9100 x5114; @kbolusTT on Twitter