Lee Williams students excel in Cambridge program testing

Courtesy<BR>Back row, from left to right – Taylor Cook, George Vollmer, Michael Olson, Chase Walther, Gabriel Sumner, Mina Guirguis, Maverick San Antonio, Conner Camacho and Braden Spencer; front row (left to right): Michael Sizemore, Meah Wilson, Chloe Paterson, Dakotah Gerlach, Alex Tempert, Jerina Winter Gabriel, Emilio Roybal and Colton Samstag.

Courtesy<BR>Back row, from left to right – Taylor Cook, George Vollmer, Michael Olson, Chase Walther, Gabriel Sumner, Mina Guirguis, Maverick San Antonio, Conner Camacho and Braden Spencer; front row (left to right): Michael Sizemore, Meah Wilson, Chloe Paterson, Dakotah Gerlach, Alex Tempert, Jerina Winter Gabriel, Emilio Roybal and Colton Samstag.

KINGMAN - The Lee Williams High School Cambridge program is gaining state and national attention for excellence in education. Recently, 21 learners from Lee Williams received awards from Cambridge International Examinations to acknowledge their outstanding performance in the June 2015 Cambridge examination series.

The Outstanding Cambridge Learner Awards program celebrates the success of learners taking Cambridge examinations in over 160 countries around the world. Cambridge places learners at the center of their international education programs and qualifications, which are inspired by the best in educational thinking. Lee Williams High School leads Arizona in the number of Cambridge Learner Awards presented.

Two Lee Williams students received "Top in the Country" awards, which means they earned the highest score of all Cambridge testers nationwide: Chase Walther earned the top score nationally in IGCSE History, and Mina Guirguis earned the top score nationally in IGCSE Mathematics.

Cambridge Scholar Awards of Distinction for the IGCSE level were awarded to: Trevor Angle, Conner Camacho, Dakotah Gerlach, Elissa Himes, Chloe Paterson, Michael Sizemore, Braden Spencer and Chase Walther.

Cambridge Scholar Awards of Merit for the IGCSE level were awarded to: Taylor Cook, Jerina Winter Gabriel, Mina Guirguis, Michael Olson, Emilio Roybal, Colton Samstag, Maverick San Antonio, Gabriela Sumner, Alex Tempert, George Vollmer and Meah Wilson.

Lee Williams Principal Gretchen Dorner said that the awards recognized the talent, dedication and commitment of both learners and staff. District and school staff are incredibly proud of the accomplishments of the Cambridge Learners. The program works and all Cambridge students are consistently demonstrating college and career readiness.

Top performing learners received their Outstanding Cambridge Learner Awards at a school ceremony on Feb. 3. Sherry Reach, Cambridge's Deputy Regional Director for USA, said, "It is extremely rewarding to congratulate Cambridge learners and teachers at Lee Williams High School who have worked so hard to achieve tremendous success in Cambridge IGCSE examinations. The results are a reflection of the enormous talent in the United States, not only amongst learners but also within the teaching profession. Learners from Lee Williams High School in Kingman, Arizona, have a bright future ahead of them, and I wish them every success in their future."

At the award ceremony, nine students were recognized for earning Arizona's Grand Canyon Diploma awarded to learners who qualified on Cambridge exams and successfully completed the required courses. The Grand Canyon Diploma indicates a student who is college and career ready.

Juniors earning the diploma include: Conner Camacho, Dakotah Gerlach, Mina Guirguis, Chloe Paterson and Emilio Roybal. Seniors earning the diploma: Ryan Barrus, Madison Ott, Berniece Pierson and Tyson Spencer.