Alverno High School Celebrates AP Scholars

Alexis Winstanley, Cameron Martinez, Emily Yekikian, Emma Uttley, Isabella Dominguez, Amy Aghajanian, Alexxa Vasquez, Caitlyn Delgadillo, and Emily Yekikian. Photo courtesy Alverno High School

A total of 16 students from Alverno High School 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, 70 students took the AP exams after completing challenging college-level courses at Alverno in 11 different subjects that included English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, European History, Human Geography, U.S. History, 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.

The Valedictorian for the Class of 2015, Jeanine Santucci, was named a National AP Scholar in recognition of receiving an average score of 4 or higher on at least 8 AP exams taken. Jeanine is attending Georgetown University where she plans on majoring in Peace and Justice Studies.

Senior Caitlyn Delgadillo was recognized as an AP Scholar with Distinction for earning an average score of 3.5 or higher on at least five exams.

The title AP Scholar with Honor was awarded to Alexia Palomino ‘15, Alexxa Vasquez ‘16, Alexis Winstanley ‘16, and LeAnn Zuñiga ‘15 for receiving a score of 3.25 or higher on four or more exams. Recent alumna Alexia Palomino is attending Pasadena City College and LeAnn Zuñiga, Co-Salutatorian for the Class of 2015, is attending the Honors College at California State University Los Angeles.

Ten students were recognized as AP Scholars having received a 3 or higher on at least three exams. These students are Amy Aghajanian ‘16, Emily Allen ‘15, Isabella Dominguez ‘16, Michelle Lam ‘15, Crystel Maalouf ‘15, Cameron Martinez ‘16, Cailen Rodriguez ‘15, Amanda Tamayo ‘15, Emma Uttley ’16, and Emily Yekikian ’15. The recent graduates are attending the University of Puget Sound, UC Irvine, UC San Diego, and Scripps College respectively. Michelle Lam, Co-Salutatorian for the Class of 2015, is attending UCLA.

“Alverno High School is incredibly proud of these young women and their academic achievements,” said Julia V. Fanara, Head of School. “Being named an 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. Alverno is thrilled to have expanded our current AP program to include AP Chemistry and AP United States Government and Politics this year. With this new curriculum, we look forward to offering 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 its students.”

About Alverno High School

Alverno High School is a Catholic, private, college preparatory school for young women dedicated to preparing them to function in a society as informed, knowledgeable persons, who have the requisite skills to make and implement mature decisions about complex problems. Enlivened by the spirit of its Immaculate Heart Community sponsors, and mindful of the Franciscan roots of its founders, Alverno’s program—academic, spiritual, aesthetic, social, and physical—is shaped by the staff, trustees, and students in light of the world for which the students are being educated. Alverno’s mission is to empower each young woman to be exactly the person she wants to be and since 1960, Alverno has empowered more than 4,500 women to meet that goal. For more information about Alverno High School, please call (626) 355-3463 or visit



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