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Tomball Independent School District

Tomball ISD Celebrates 375 AP® Awards

Tomball ISD Celebrates 375 AP® Awards

TOMBALL - Tomball ISD celebrates 375 AP Awards from the 2021-2022 school year across all three high schools.  Of the 375 awards, TISD had 19 students earn the AP Capstone Diploma™ and eight earn the AP Seminar and Research Certificate™. The AP Capstone Diploma program helps students to develop critical thinking, research, collaboration, and presentation skills that are critical to academic success.

Tomball ISD saw impressive numbers in AP Awards from students at Tomball High School, Tomball Memorial High School and Tomball Star Academy.

  • 148 AP Scholars (scores of 3 or higher on 3 or more AP exams)
  • 67 AP Scholars with Honor (average score of at least 3.25 on all exams, with at least 3 or higher on 4 exams)
  • 133 AP Scholars with Distinction (average score of at least 3.5 on all exams, with at least 3 or higher on 5 exams)
  • 8 AP Seminar and Research Certificates (scored of 3 or higher in both AP Seminar, and AP Research)
  • 19 AP Capstone Diplomas (scored 3 or higher in both AP Seminar and AP Research, and on at least 4 other exams)

“Our AP Capstone teachers across the district continue to provide a high level and rigorous educational experience for our students here in Tomball ISD,”  said Dr. Ashley Schlafly, TISD Director of Secondary ELA and Advanced Academics. “These incredible results are directly due to the commitment by both Capstone students and educators to stretching learning and ensuring college readiness that will serve all of these graduates well into their post-secondary years.”

To receive the AP Capstone Diploma, students must earn scores of 3 or higher in AP Seminar, AP Research, and on four additional AP Exams. To receive the AP Seminar and Research Certificate, students must earn scores of 3 or higher in AP Seminar and AP Research. Students are increasingly participating in the AP Capstone program. Over 2,200 schools participated in the AP Capstone program worldwide during the 2021-22 school year. Approximately 14,100 students earned the AP Capstone Diploma, and 9,200 earned the AP Seminar and Research Certificate. 

Unlike traditional AP® subject exams with a single end-of-year assessment, AP Seminar and AP Research assessments are project based and evaluate skills mastery through group projects, presentations, and individual essays completed throughout the year. Instead of focusing on one specific academic discipline, AP Seminar and AP Research are interdisciplinary: students are empowered to create research projects based on topics of personal interest. Students are assessed on the critical thinking, research, collaboration, time management, and presentation skills needed to complete their projects. 

“I’m thrilled to congratulate these motivated students, who worked hard to earn the AP Capstone Diploma and AP Seminar and Research Certificate,” said Trevor Packer, head of the Advanced Placement® Program. “These students have enhanced the foundation for their future academic and professional careers by honing their ability to manage long-term projects, collaborate with teams, and deliver effective presentations on topics they’re passionate about.”

Of the students who participated in the AP Capstone Diploma program in Tomball ISD:

19 were awarded the AP Capstone Diploma by earning scores of 3 or higher in AP Seminar, AP Research, and on 4 additional AP Exams. 

Tomball High School

  • Ayush Shah
  • Gabriel Pujol Gordoa
  • Veronica Ortiz
  • Elaine Morrison
  • Sophia Marcano Font
  • Brynn Johnson
  • Kiya John
  • Maria Paola Chow Lomeli
  • Maria Pamela Chow Lomeli
  • Ana Galindo Castillo

Tomball Memorial High School

  • Jacob Brown
  • Andy He
  • David Julich
  • Haley Kilcoyne
  • Britt Hira Malik Soderstrom
  • Emma Mellors
  • Han Nguyen
  • Kayla Rivera
  • Hannah Vatuna

8 were awarded the AP Seminar and Research Certificate by earning scores of 3 or higher in AP Seminar and AP Research.

Tomball High School

  • Ryan Fuller
  • Luka John
  • Madeline Morrow
  • Alexa Padros
  • Julian Vintimilla


Tomball Memorial High School

  • Dianna Chagay
  • Milani Terrell
  • Anelle van Heerden

The College Board Advanced Placement Program gives students the opportunity to take challenging college-level courses while still in high school. A 3 or higher on an AP Exam has multiple benefits for students, including earning college credit, advanced placement, or both for successful performance on AP Exams, saving them time and money. Research shows AP students are better prepared for and more likely to enroll and remain in college, do well in classes, and earn their degrees on time. Each exam is developed by a committee of college and university faculty and AP teachers, ensuring that AP Exams align with their high standards.


Tomball ISD educates students to become responsible, productive citizens by providing innovative, individually rigorous, and personally valuable educational experiences. Founded in 1908, Tomball ISD now encompasses 83 square miles in northwest Harris County and southwest Montgomery County, and is located approximately 30 miles from downtown Houston. The district currently educates over 21,200 students at 22 campuses.

  • 2022-2023
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