NFHS boasts district’s first AP Capstone Diploma graduates

Home to Garland ISD’s only Advanced Placement (AP) Capstone courses, Naaman Forest High School is also home to the district’s first students to graduate with the program’s prestigious diploma. Class of 2018’s Danielle Oubre and Luke Sherlock earned this accomplishment by taking AP Seminar and Research courses; completing qualifying performance tasks, as well as a paper and presentation; and passing AP Seminar and Research exams in addition to four other AP tests.

“Both graduates met or exceeded these requirements,” said NFHS teacher Lynette Varrassi. “Danielle and Luke were also admitted to Honors College programs at their chosen universities, using their Capstone experiences as part of their admission applications, recommendations and interviews.”

Oubre is currently attending Texas A&M University, while Sherlock is attending the University of Texas at Dallas.

As one of less than 2,000 campuses nationwide to offer AP Capstone, Naaman Forest’s program develops the critical thinking, collaboration and communication skills needed for college and careers. AP Seminar and AP Research also challenge students to first select a topic of interest and then define a problem, investigate it, present solutions and ultimately defend them. Through their participation, students can not only set themselves apart to universities but also impact their community through research and problem solving.

“The opportunities Capstone and AP provide for students is incredible,” commented Varrassi. “Naaman Forest is thrilled to be the flagship for the Capstone program in Garland ISD and looks forward to continuing to develop and build the program.”