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Nearly 20 Boerne ISD Students Earn AP Capstone Diploma

BHS_CHSSeptember 6, 2023- A total of nearly 20 Boerne and Champion High School students have earned the AP Capstone Diploma during the 2022-23 school year. The AP Capstone Diploma program helps students develop the critical thinking, research, collaboration, and presentation skills that are crucial for academic success.


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 of their choice. Students are increasingly participating in the AP Capstone program. The program has reached a milestone of over 100,000 students participating during the 2022-23 academic year, representing over 2,500 schools worldwide. Approximately 15,800 students earned the AP Capstone Diploma, and 9,600 students 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 encouraged 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.


The following Boerne High School students received AP Capstone Diplomas:


  • Anna Bendele: Class of 2023
  • Julia Bendele: Class of 2024
  • Allison Dement: Class of 2023
  • Peyton Forren: Class of 2024
  • Keira Luevano: Class of 2024
  • Jonathan Maani: Class of 2024
  • Kathryn Spiekerman: Class of 2023
  • Carys Thaxton: Class of 2024
  • Kayuki Warren: Class of 2023

The following Champion High School students received AP Capstone Diplomas


  • Benjamin Barronton: Class of 2023
  • Colin Bruer: Class of 2024
  • Mackenzie Edwards: Class of 2024
  • Ava Foster: Class of 2024
  • Charlie Glover: Class of 2024
  • Emma Haines: Class of 2024
  • Claire Powell: Class of 2024
  • Jack Stanton: Class of 2024

The College Board’s 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.