Print    Close This Window
BBHHS Celebrates First AP Capstone Scholars in School History

Twenty-one Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School students recently made school history by becoming the first group of students to be recognized as AP Capstone Scholars. To achieve this noteworthy recognition, students had to receive qualifying scores of “3” or higher (out of 5) in both AP Capstone program courses, AP Seminar and AP Research, as well as four additional AP courses of their choosing. 

Congratulations to the following students on becoming the first AP Capstone Scholars in the prestigious history of Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School:


Class of 2020 graduated seniors earning this distinction:

Courtni Began

John Galick

Katherine Schwenn


Class of 2021 current seniors earning this distinction:

Stephen Choi

Amrin Choudhury

David Drinko

Nicoleta Durlesteanu

Niklas Firestone

Max Hartland

Elyse Hensley

Manith Humchad

Luke Kirin

Helen Lee

Shahil Merchant

Kenzie Mounir

Michael Palmer

Shubham Patel

Maddie Shaheen

Evan Shaw

Joong Soo Shin

Ethan VanRumppe


Created and administered by The College Board, AP Capstone is a new two-year program at BBHHS which helps students develop valuable college and career ready skills such as conducting research and communicating related results. Both courses are taught by BBHHS English/Language Arts Teacher, Mr. Ben Lesh.  

Students entering the program take the AP Seminar course which requires students to complete two specific performance tasks: a group project and an individually written argument. For the group project, students begin by writing individual papers on a topic of the group’s choosing. The individual papers are then synthesized into a solution to the selected topic using references from the group members’ work. For the individual written argument, each student is assigned a group of thematically linked source materials by The College Board and asked to identify a problem linked to at least two of the sources. Students then complete a research paper detailing a solution to the identified problem and submit it to The College Board for review. Due to limitations imposed by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the required seated exam and group presentation course components were waived during the 2019-2020 school year.

For the second and final course, AP Research, students complete a rigorous year-long research project on a topic of their choosing. During the research process, students are required to identify and attempt to resolve gaps in their final analysis. This includes successfully identifying and executing a data collection method. In response to adjustments made necessary due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the required 20-minute presentation was waived, and students were only required to submit a 5,000-word paper summarizing their findings.

Congratulations, once again, to all BBHHS AP Capstone Scholars on their impressive accomplishment!