Alverno Heights Academy Celebrates 16 AP Scholars

Students were recognized at various levels of achievement for this prestigious honor

Published : Thursday, February 2, 2017 | 4:36 PM

L-R: Marisa Dragos, Hanaa Zerroug, Jill Kislow, Alexis Baro, and Alicia Lindheimer

A total of 16 students from Alverno Heights Academy have earned the designation of AP Scholar by the College Board in recognition of their exceptional achievement on the college-level Advanced Placement (AP) exams.

Last May, 80 Alverno Heights Academy students took the AP exams after completing challenging college-level courses in 12 different subjects that included Chinese Language, English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, European History, Human Geography, U.S. History, U.S. Government and Politics, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Biology, Environmental Science, Spanish Language and Culture, and Studio Art. The College Board recognizes several levels of achievement based on students’ performances on the AP exams including AP Scholar, AP Scholar with Honor, AP Scholar with Distinction, and National AP Scholar.

The Valedictorian for the Class of 2016, Caitlyn Delgadillo, was named a National AP Scholar in recognition of receiving an average score of 4 or higher on at least 8 AP exams taken. Caitlyn is currently attending Stanford University where is majoring in pre-medicine and human biology.

Alexis Winstanley, Salutatorian for the Class of 2016, and Isabella Dominguez were recognized as AP Scholars with Distinction for earning an average score of 3.5 or higher on at least five exams. Alexis is attending UCLA where she is majoring in chemistry and astrophysics and Isabella is attending the University of La Verne.

The title AP Scholar with Honor was awarded to Amy Aghajanian ’16, Marisa Dragos ’17, Jillian Kislow ’17, Jenny Sun ’16, and Alexxa Vasquez ’16 for receiving a score of 3.25 or higher on four or more exams. Recent alumna Amy Aghajanian is attending Chapman University and majoring in Political Science while Jenny Sun is attending New York University and majoring in mathematics. Alexxa Vasquez, also from the Class of 2016, attends UCLA and has chosen neuroscience as her major.

Eight students were recognized as AP Scholars having received a 3 or higher on at least three exams. These students are Alexis Baro ’17, Cynthia Lee ’16, Alicia Lindheimer ’17, Ciara Madigan ’16, Cameron Martinez ’16, Emma Uttley ’16, Emily Yekikian ’16, and Hanaa Zerroug ’17. Recent graduate Cynthia Lee ’16 is attending Newcastle University in the United Kingdom and majoring in medicine while Ciara Madigan ’16 is attending Whittier College and majoring in child development and history. Along with two other AP Scholars, Cameron Martinez ’16 attends UCLA and has chosen political science as her major. Emma Uttley ’16 is an animal science major at UC Davis and Emily Yekikian ’16 attends Santa Clara University and has chosen to study history.

“Alverno Heights Academy is incredibly proud of these young women and their academic achievements,” said Julia V. Fanara, Head of School. “Earning the honor of AP Scholar demonstrates not only a strong academic ability among these young women, but also a strong commitment to academic rigor, currently and in the future. We look forward to continuing to offer more young women the opportunity to advance in college-level courses, while enjoying and benefitting from the small classroom environment which Alverno provides for all of our students.”

About Alverno Heights Academy

Alverno Heights Academy is an all-girls, independent, progressive Catholic, college preparatory school dedicated to its mission of empowering each young woman to be exactly the person she wants to be. Located on the property of the former Barlow Estate in Sierra Madre, California, Alverno Heights Academy was founded in 1960 by the Sisters of St. Francis who sought to create an environment in the San Gabriel Valley where young women could become informed and knowledgeable persons. Later renamed Alverno High School and sponsored by the Immaculate Heart Community, Alverno’s program—academic, spiritual, aesthetic, social, and physical—has been shaped by the staff, trustees, and students. As Alverno Heights Academy once again, the school remains committed to its mission by encouraging each of their young women to be who they imagine. For more information about Alverno Heights Academy, please visit


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