Saint James
Saint James School
Montgomery, Alabama

Saint James Honors Academic Success

Saint James School 2020 Fall Recognition Honorees. Front Row (L to R): Kendall Hardaway, Haley Brightwell, Maddie Shields, Selina Sun, Ella Taylor, Barrett Hammond. Back Row (L to R): Sidnee Beavers, Zach Ohliger, Taylor Penney, Barr Armistead, Christopher Shiffer, Virginia Braswell. Not pictured: Paige Hemmer and Isabelle Goulet.

On Thursday, November 19th, Saint James School administration and high school came together to celebrate the incredible achievements of several high school students. The students honored in the Saint James Fall Recognition Assembly achieved extraordinary excellence on national tests and exams in the past year between November 2019 and the end of October 2020.  From National Merit recognition to perfect scores on Advanced Placement exams and sections of the ACT tests, these students demonstrate what talent, effort, and perseverance can accomplish.

In September 2020, Saint James Seniors Paige Hemmer and Zach Ohliger were named National Merit Scholarship Program Semifinalists. This designation places Hemmer and Ohliger in the top 1% of the 1.6 million students nationally who took the qualifying exam last fall, the PSAT/NMSQT. Hemmer and Ohliger now participate in a process to advance semi-finalists to finalist status and subsequently compete for college scholarships that are announced in the spring.

Scoring a perfect score of 36 on a section of the ACT test (ie: English, Reading, Math, etc) were Saint James Seniors Paige Hemmer and Ella Taylor. Paige Hemmer scored a perfect 36 on both the English and Reading ACT tests; Ella Taylor scored a perfect 36 on the Reading section of the ACT.

Eleven students scored a perfect 5 on an Advanced Placement exam. These scholars included Selina Sun for AP World History; Barr Armistead and Haley Brightwell for AP European History; Sidnee Beavers, Paige Hemmer, Taylor Penney, and Ella Taylor for AP U.S. History; Sidnee Beavers and Paige Hemmer for AP Language and Composition; Isabelle Goulet for AB Calculus; Virginia Braswell and Kendall Hardaway for AP Computer Science Principles; and Maddie Shields for AP Drawing.

Five students were honored by the College Board as AP Scholars – which means they earned an average grade of three or higher on three or more Advanced Placement exams. The AP Scholar designation was awarded to these five students who are still in high school: Barrett Hammond, Paige Hemmer, Zach Ohliger, Christopher Shiffer, and Ella Taylor. Saint James Senior Isabelle Goulet was named an AP Scholar with Distinction. In order to be designated an AP Scholar with Distinction, a student must score 3 or higher on at least 5 AP exams and have an overall average of 3.5. And, after taking the AP exams in May 2020, eleven 2020 Saint James alumni were also designated AP Scholars, three 2020 alumni were named

AP Scholars with Honor, and two 2020 alumni were named AP Scholars with Distinction.  Additionally, two members of the Class of 2020 were named as National AP Scholars. Trevor Otis and Najla Ibrahim were designated as National AP Scholars which is the highest honor given by the College Board. In order to be given this designation a student must have an overall average on all exams taken of 4, and score 4 or above on at least 8 exams. In total 25 Saint James students were named AP Scholars for 2020.

Annually, Saint James School hosts an Awards Day assembly in the spring to recognize a multitude of student achievements ranging from individual college scholarship announcements to the Yale Book Award to the highest average in a subject. Each fall, school administration honors each student individually who has achieved national recognition for extraordinary academic excellence.   

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