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Meet the CNMI’s First Advanced Placement Capstone Diploma recipients

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(SIS) —  Last year, Saipan International School became the only school in Micronesia authorized to offer the AP Capstone Diploma given to students that earn scores of 3 or higher in AP Seminar, AP Research and on four additional AP Exams of their choosing. 

This year Anika Snyder, Eunseo No, Malika Miyawaki and Sangyoon Lee successfully completed the program and earned their AP Capstone Diploma after a year of self-guided research on a topic of their choice.


In addition to the full diploma graduates, Jon Paul Sablan, Samantha Liske-Clark, Yeonkyoung No were also recognized with AP Seminar and Research Certificates. Liske-Clark and No will continue with AP courses at SIS and hope to earn the full Capstone diploma next year.

In their first year, the Capstone students engaged in group research around Big Idea problems facing people across the globe. They developed multiple solutions to address the issues and, after evaluating each one through a myriad of lenses, presented the process and their conclusions during a public presentation. 

This year, in their AP Research course, students worked with experts in the field to guide them in the design and implementation of their own research projects. The student research projects were: Sangyoon Lee (Public Knowledge: Tuberculosis vs. HIV),  Samantha Liske-Clarke (Comparative Growth Rates of Acropora globiceps in the Saipan Nursery), Malika Miyawaki (Impact of Social Media on Tourists’ Decisions on Local Businesses), Yeonkyoung No (Finding the Most Effective Type of Teacher Evaluations for Saipan PSS Teachers), Henry Qian (Finding the Most Effect Bait and Place to Fish For Parrot Fish On Saipan), Jon Paul Sablan (Measuring Confidence in Students) and Anika Snyder (The Thermotolerant Advantage of Heat Acclimation in Nerita plicata). Anika Snyder and Samantha Liske-Clark each earned a 5, the highest score, for their research. 

The College Board developed the AP Capstone Diploma program at the request of higher education professionals, who saw a need for a systematic way for high school students to begin mastering critical thinking, research, collaboration, time management, and presentation skills before college.

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