As an incentive to motivate students, Busse approached Barry Adcock, chief financial officer of NorthSide Bank, with the idea to honor those students who passed the exam. Adcock and NorthSide Bank thought it was a good investment in potential, future financial service providers and appropriate due to the relationship between economics and banking.
Adcock said, “To me it shows a lot of initiative to sign up for an AP class. It means these students are reaching higher and striving to do more than what is required. Twenty-five out of 29 passing the AP test is phenomenal.”
Students who earned a passing grade for the class and scored at least a 3 out of 5 on the test have the possibility to receive college credit for the class.
The students spent the final month of school reviewing the concepts covered and taking practice tests.
Brett Gutkowski graduated in May and plans to attend the University of Georgia in the fall. He earned a 4 on the test and attributed the class’ success to thorough preparation.
“I have taken six AP tests and never had an experience like this one. To have that many people pass with scores of 4 and 5 was shocking. We really were prepared and confident. Coach Busse did a great job getting us ready.”
Busse continually insisted the students deserve the applause for their hard work and relentless motivation.
“I'm very proud of the commitment and effort they made this year. They earned their excellent scores,” he said.
Adcock said the bank, which is headquartered in Adairsville, is willing to make this a yearly tradition.
The following students scored a 3 or higher: Parker Jeffery, Cole Wallace, Matt Rudy, Brett Gutkowski, Zach Kramme, Alex Tate, Katie Garland, Julia Roberson, Jessica Posey, Samantha Garlin, Tara Rollins, Brock Arp, Barry Arrington, Bryaunna Barrera, Carrie Benedict, Amy Bramblett, Jack Bryant, Zina Chatman, Jack Cline, Elizabeth Davis, Davis Ingram, Trey Rollins, Chuck Silvers, Katie Smith and Travis Stansell.