Grove City Record

Board recognizes bumper crop of AP achievers

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More than 100 Advanced Placement Scholars from South-Western's four high schools were recognized at the Aug. 25 school board meeting.

The students who were honored for their achievements during the 2013-14 school year included Maya Gosztyla, who graduated from Grove City High School in the spring.

Gosztyla earned the highest honor of National AP Scholar, which goes only to those students who earn an average score of 4 on all AP exams and scores 4 or higher on eight or more exams, an "unbelievable" achievement, said Erik Shuey, the district's director of secondary education and athletics.

Gosztyla was also recognized for being selected as a National Merit Scholarship finalist last year.

Only 8,000 of the 1.5 million students nationwide who take the PSAT each year qualify as a finalist, Shuey said.

Not surprisingly, Gosztyla was Grove City High School's valedictorian, he said.

Sixty-one South-Western students earned AP Scholar status, which goes to students who earn a score of 3 or higher on three or more AP exams, Shuey said. That total is up nine from the district's class of 2013.

Twenty-nine students earned the designation of AP Scholar with Honors by receiving an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP exams and a score of 3 or higher on four or more tests, he said. That total is seven more than the previous year.

Seventeen students are AP Scholars with Distinction. They earned an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP tests and scored 3 or higher on at least five exams.

Shuey said two current Grove City High School students -- Benjamin Johnson and Bailey Clanin -- have been named as National Merit qualifiers.

Later this school year, they will learn whether they qualify as semi-finalists and potentially finalists.

In other business at the Aug. 25 meeting, Assistant Superintendent Carl Metzger provided school board members with a staffing update.

The district "is fully staffed and ready to go for the first day of school," he said.

South-Western this school year will have 2,487 employees, including part-time staff, Metzger said. The district filled 442 positions over the summer, which includes personnel who moved to other positions within South-Western. There are 204 employees who are new to the district, including eight in administrative positions.

The board also heard an update on summer permanent improvement projects from Coordinator of Property Services Mark Waller.

Ten new school buildings were under construction over the summer and the district also completed renovations at Buckeye Woods and Darby Woods elementary schools, he said.

Other major projects included the replacement of tracks at Grove City and Westland high schools and the resurfacing of the track at Central Crossing High School, Waller said.

"Long overdue" refurbishments of tennis courts at Central Crossing, Grove City and Westland high schools also were completed, he said. New tennis courts are part of the project to construct a new Franklin Heights High School.

The district also completed minor asphalt repairs at almost every school site and also wrapped up a partial roof replacement at Pleasant View Middle School, Waller said.

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