On Tuesday September 25, we celebrated the academic achievements of our students in the 2012 spring semester. Senior faculty member and head of the math department Ron Banay made the opening remarks. He told the story of Henry Lee Higginson, former Middlesex board chair, reknowned philanthropist, and founder of the Boston Symphony Orchestra:
Henry Higginson had a privileged life which was still full of challenges to overcome: challenges at school work, poor eyesight necessitating withdrawal from college, arm injury preventing his piano career, near death experience in war, and several failed business ventures. Henry Higginson never received an academic award in his life and look what he did. He worked, struggled and succeeded. Our expectations are high for those who are about to receive the school’s recognition for their first rate work. You already have one step on Henry Higginson. And it is also the expectation that names not read today will be read in the very near future, because it is in our nature to struggle and strive and aim for success. At any rate, in all cases we hope for fulfilled academic lives in your knowledge that you gave the best you have in intellect and effort.
Among seniors, juniors, and sophomores, 127 students received Honors for an academic average of 85-89.99 and 60 students received High Honors for an academic average of 90 or above. Read a complete listing of those receiving honors.
Each year, the College Board sends us notification of students who performed exceptionally well on the end-of-year Advanced Placement exams. There are three top honors: AP Scholar, AP Scholar with Honor, and AP Scholar with Distinction. Students who achieved scores of 3 or higher on 3, 4, or 5 AP exams earn the designation of AP Scholar. 38 Middlesex students, of whom 15 graduated in May, earned this distinction for 2012.
25 Middlesex students earned the distinction of AP Scholar with Honor by virtue of achieving an average score of 3.25 or higher on all AP exams taken, and grades of 3 or higher on four or more AP exams. 19 of these students are current seniors at Middlesex:
AP Scholar with Distinction means that a student achieved an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on 5 or more of these exams. 76 Middlesex students earned this distinction, 13 of whom are now seniors:
Emma Satterthwaite Muresianu
In addition, 11 of our graduates earned the highest designation of National AP Scholar, granted to students who receive an average grade of at least 4 on all AP exams taken and grades of 4 or higher on 8 or more AP exams.
NATIONAL MERIT RECOGNITION
Of the juniors who took the 2012 PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, 16,000 Semifinalists have the opportunity to advance to the Finalist level. Three of our seniors are among the 16,000 Semifinalists being considered for a National Merit Scholarship: