Seven Dreher seniors, Nicolas Webster, Olivia McManus, Mary Grace Barrineau, Linda Trinh, Rachel Weissman, Christopher Alencar and Gregory Voelkel (left to right in photo) were notified that they earned the AP + PLTW Student Achievement in Engineering award based on their work in Advanced Placement (AP) science and math courses and advanced engineering courses taught at Dreher.
The press release below contains the details:
DREHER STUDENTS EARN ACHIEVEMENTS IN ENGINEERING
Seven Dreher High School seniors have learned that they have received recognition as part of the new AP + PLTW engineering program, a collaborative effort between the College Board’s Advanced Placement program and Project Lead The Way, a nationally recognized high school engineering curriculum.
Christopher Alencar, Mary Grace Barrineau, Olivia McManus, Linda Trinh, Gregory Voelkel, Nicolas Webster, and Rachel Weissman received notification that they earned the AP + PLTW Student Achievement in Engineering award based on their work in Advanced Placement (AP) science and math courses and advanced engineering courses taught at Dreher.
To earn the recognition, these students were required to complete three courses: one college-level AP science or math course, one PLTW engineering course, and a third course chosen from either AP or PLTW. Students were required to earn proficient scores on the national end-of-year AP and PLTW exams.
Students will receive official certifications from the AP + PLTW program, and this recognition will be reported to colleges by the College Board.
Principal Jeanne Stiglbauer praised these students, stating, “We are excited that these advanced STEM students have earned this AP + PLTW recognition. This program complements Dreher’s strong history of participation in AP. This year, we are proud to offer 21 college-level AP courses to students enrolled at Dreher, and we are one of only 4 schools in South Carolina to offer the new AP Capstone diploma program. We are thrilled that these students are excelling in the college-level work they have taken at Dreher.”
Dreher has demonstrated a commitment to increasing its AP program and Project Lead the Way course offerings. The engineering program has experienced enormous growth in recent years, nearly tripling in size and numbers of courses since 2012. This year, 185 students are enrolled in the courses Introduction to Engineering, Principles of Engineering, Civil Engineering/Architecture, Digital Electronics, and Aerospace Engineering. PLTW teachers Sumter Link and Stefan Singer lead the program, which is expected to continue to grow. Link reports, “With Dreher’s increased offerings in both PLTW and AP, we expect even more students to qualify for this honor in the years to come.”
For more information about the AP + PLTW recognition or advanced course offerings at Dreher, please contact teachers Sumter Link or Stefan Singer or guidance counselor Kevin Kirkley at (803) 253-7000.