South Orangetown Central School District

Eighty-eight Tappan Zee High School students earned 2020 AP Scholar Awards for “outstanding college-level achievement through their performance on multiple AP exams,” over the course of their high school careers.

“Having such a large number of AP Scholars is a testament to the hard work and dedication of both our students and our teachers. Our students have diverse academic interests and I’m thankful that our District is committed to offering a wide range of AP courses. Their achievement on these exams is reflective of our students’ willingness to meet the high level of expectations set by the College Board and our faculty,” said Principal Rudy Arietta. “It’s also important to note that our number of AP Scholars did not decrease despite the challenges faced by finishing the year in a distance learning model. Great job by both students and teachers!

TZHS 2020 graduates Mia Giaever, Jason Olszewski and Meaghan Sheridan were named National AP Scholars for receiving an average score of at least 4 on all AP Exams taken and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more exams. Twenty-eight students earned AP Scholar With Distinction recognition for receiving an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken and scores of 3 or higher on five or more exams. Twenty-one AP Scholars with Honor received an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken and scores of 3 or higher on four or more exams. Thirty-six students who received scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP exams qualified for AP Scholar status.

Congratulations to:

  • National AP Scholars: Mia Giaver, Jason Olszewski and Meaghan Sheridan
  • AP Scholars With Distinction: Lucy Barsanti, Emilia Bertoli, Ty Bourne, Nicholas Cabrera, Shane Cawley, Erin Cunningham, Joseph Grammatica, Joseph Gregory, William Grippi, Juliana Guarracino, Rebecca Heuler, Lois Kim, Benjamin Laddis, Katherine Lussen, Samuel Markoe, Aidan Mercer, Kennedy Outlaw, Jenna Pajimna, William Paskowski, Hadiya Qazi, Feroze Schenck, Blair Seaman, Kavitha Sriskanda, Olivia Steger, Reilly Stiefel, Erin Sullivan, Adith Vettom and Peter Wu
  • AP Scholars With Honor: Naomi Acosta, Hayley Algert, Nicholas Byrne, Caitlin Donohue, Owen Fillmore, Caleb Gordon, Jacob Greenberg, Vienna Guzewich, Juliet Hages, Luke Janak, Casey Kousoulas, Andrew Lee, Justin Lee, Gabriella Leone, Hannah Lustig, Dylan McMorrow, Sophia Palitti, John Pforte, Gabriella Picott, Sarah Tung and Nolan Whang
  • AP Scholars: Tyler Atlas, Nicole Bermel, Olenka Besaga, Jack Butterman, Jennifer Cankosyan, Patrick Cavanaugh, Gregory Chamessian, James Costello, Hana Cucaj, Julia DiBiase, Tyler Dietze, Aidan Donohue, Benjamin Felter, Adam Garvey, Max Greisberg, Colette Guy, Jessica Johnson, Kevin Liang, Connor Maloney, Kezia Mathew, Dylan Mundy, Aswathi Nair, Isaiah Olds-Campanile, Mia Pakola, Johanna Penfield, Emil Rahn-Siegel, Anthony Rostek, Richard Ryan, Isabella Santander, Peter Shine, Elizabeth Sullivan, Connor Tierney, Lauren Verde, James Wilson, Lola Wright and Rebecca Zacahriah

Tappan Zee High School offers more than 20 AP courses, spanning art and art history, computer science, English, history, math, sciences and world languages. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the College Board modified the testing schedule, format and content to administer the May 2020 AP Exams online, which created additional challenges for students. TZHS offered remote “learning institutes” led by AP teachers during the school closure to help students prepare for the new exams.