Alexandra Chapman: Final Exam Study Tips

A dedicated student, Alexandra Chapman of Victor High School in New York maintains continuous Honor Roll achievements by practicing good time-management skills and practical study habits.

The final exam is something that every student continuously faces. Since the task of preparing for final exams can be daunting, it’s a good idea to develop and practice good study habits. These habits can develop into skills that are useful later in life, whether it be in post-secondary courses, career environments, or even everyday household management.

  1. Write down your schedule. With all the electronic devices and digital organizers today (not to mention the trusted agenda notebook), it is easy to have a well-planned schedule. Keeping a schedule and developing a study routine will help you to manage your time better, letting you mentally handle more academic responsibilities.
  2. Read, recite, and review. This has been proven to be one of the most efficient study methods around. Passively reading through material is not enough. You must commit what you read to memory. Experts suggest reading through one section, turning away and summarizing it in your head or in writing, then comparing the information with the original source.
  3. Test yourself. Create a sample final. Many times, teachers will give students practice exams. Take advantage of these, or, if no practice exam is available, write your own. This will help you decipher between what you really know, what you think you know, and what you need to learn.

Soccer Programs for All Ages, by Alexandra Chapman

Since the age of 11, current high school student Alexandra Chapman has played and coached for the Victor Soccer Club in Victor, New York. Here, Chapman introduces the programs offered by the organization, which has enriched the lives of the town’s youth for many years.

Before 1997, the Victor Soccer Club existed as two individual clubs, the Victor Travel Soccer Club and the Farmington Youth Soccer Club. The merger not only combined the resources of the two teams, but also allowed players in both areas to choose between Victor’s competitive teams and Farmington’s recreational play. The Club now offers league play for youth aged 5 through 19. In the summer, the league’s 5- and 6-year-old players enjoy a “micro” soccer league, while players 7 through 16 can choose between recreational league play or all-star/select tournament competition. In addition, 17-year-old players also receive eligibility for the tournament program. Summer travel teams are also available for players ages 8 through 19.

In the fall, micro-league play continues for 5- and 6-year-olds, and recreational play remains available for ages 7 through 12. The Club also offers skills development sessions throughout the year, including its popular off-season Winter Skills Academy.

Victor, New York, Student Alexandra Chapman Explains the Advanced Placement Scholar Awards

The Advanced Placement Program (AP), an organization that offers exams and courses to high school students for college credit, grants awards to those who demonstrate outstanding achievement. Students so honored receive a certificate and an acknowledgement listed on AP scores forwarded to universities.

The AP breaks the awards down into tiers. The organization grants the National AP Scholar distinction to American students who average a 4 on their AP exams and receive the same score on at least eight such exams. To receive the AP Scholar with Honor award, students must achieve a minimum average of 3.25 on exams and a minimum of a 3 on at least five exams. The AP Scholar goes to those who earn at least a 3 on at least three exams.

The above represents a fraction of all awards available to AP participants who perform as required. However, subscores on the calculus AB, music theory nonaural, and music theory aural exams do not count toward the AP Scholar Awards.

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Alexandra Chapman, a student enrolled at New York’s Victor High School, earned the AP Scholar with Honor distinction for her strong performance on AP exams.

“Running for Huntington’s Disease: The Bill Lawler 5K Run/Walk,” by Alexandra Chapman

The Bill Lawler 5K Run/Walk took place on May 5, 2012, in Rochester, New York. The event was held to raise money in support of the Huntington’s Disease Society of America. Sponsored by Pearl Izumi, the Ancient Order of Hibernians in America, and the Rochester Police Department, the event offered fun for all participants and spectators through door prizes, live music, and other entertainment.

Beginning and ending on East Avenue, the run/walk started at 9 a.m. The fastest competitor finished in just 16 minutes and five seconds. Prizes were awarded for the top male, the top female, and the top three competitors in each age group.

More information about the Bill Lawler 5K Run/Walk can be found at To learn more about the Huntington’s Disease Society of America, visit

About the Author: Alexandra Chapman is an honor roll student at Victor Senior High School in Victor, New York. A former track team member, she has run to raise money for cancer research in the Eastman House Photo Finish 5K as well as the William Lawler 5K Run/Walk.

From the Desk of Alexandra Chapman: About the Spanish National Honor Society

Established in the United States in 1953, the Spanish National Honor Society (Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica) is an organization for high-achieving high school students in grades 10 and above. Students must maintain a grade point average which is determined by each individual chapter, and must have completed at least three semesters of Spanish or Portuguese.

Benefits of membership in the Spanish National Honor Society include opportunities for a number of prestigious awards, including scholarships and travel awards to countries such as Mexico, Peru, and Argentina. The organization is sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, and currently consists of more than 2,000 national and international chapters.

Each chapter inducts new students at an annual initiation ceremony. Although it isn’t required, many chapters are service-oriented. Members participate in a variety of cultural activities and conduct service work in their communities.

About the Author: Alexandra Chapman is a busy high school scholar and athlete who enjoys movies, music, poetry, spending time with friends, and an assortment of outdoor activities and sports. Ms. Chapman often donates her time to charity fundraising events in her hometown of Victor, New York. She is a member of the National Honor Society and the Spanish National Honor Society.

Alexandra Chapman is now a freshman at Syracuse University. She is in the honors program and is studying biology. She made the Dean’s List for the fall 2012 semester.



From the Desk of Alexandra Chapman: Benefits of Membership in the National Honor Society

Established in Pennsylvania in 1921, the National Honor Society is an organization for high-achieving students in grades 10 through 12. The prestigious organization, sponsored by the National Association of Secondary School Principals, provides a variety of benefits and opportunities for members.

The National Honor Society maintains a number of scholarship programs that recognize outstanding leadership, character, and academic achievement. Scholarships include the Herff Jones Principal’s Leadership Award, which provides an opportunity for high school principals to recognize deserving students. The Prudential Spirit of Community Award recognizes students on the basis of community service. Other awards include the American Citizenship Award and the President’s Education Award Program. Various opportunities for leadership, service, and scholarship are available through individual chapters.

Members of the National Honor Society have an opportunity to attend a LEAD conference, an annual event that offers opportunities for members to network, share ideas, meet leaders, attend workshops, listen to national speakers, and take ideas for improvement back to their local chapters. Students apply to attend a LEAD conference, held in one of three different areas of the country. In 2012-13, conferences were held in Phoenix, Chicago, and Washington, D.C.

About the Author: A high school student in Victor, New York, Alexandra Chapman has received a number of awards for her leadership and academic achievement. She maintains memberships in several academic organizations, including the National Honor Society. In spite of her busy schedule, she volunteers time to charitable organizations, including groups that assist underserved families.

Overlooked Ski Resorts in New York State

A little-known fact is that New York has more ski resorts than any other state, even more than popular destinations such as California and Colorado. With 44 places to ski and ride, the Empire State provides an abundance of terrain for the winter sport enthusiast, although it gets a fraction of skier visits compared to nearby Vermont and New Hampshire. Alexandra Chapman of Victor, New York, describes three overlooked yet quality places to ski and snowboard in the state. Alexandra Chapman, a member of the Victor Ski Club, spends her winters exploring what New York has to offer.

1. Bristol Mountain Winter Resort
Located in the Western Finger Lakes region of upstate New York, this mountain has 138 acres of skiable terrain, 34 slopes and trails, and a 1,200-foot vertical rise. The resort also has an unparalleled Nordic ski center.

2. Plattekill Mountain
With only three lifts, Plattekill offers an exciting sporting experience in the Catskills, coupled with small mountain charm. It provides 35 trails, has 1,100 feet of vertical rise, and a famous 2-mile-long beginner cruise trail, “Powder Puff.”

3. Greek Peak Mountain Resort
Located near Cortland, New York, Greek Peak is known for its seven-day-a-week night skiing, meaning the fun is not limited to daylight hours. The mountain has 952 feet of vertical rise, a Nordic center, and a tubing center.

Alexandra Chapman: About the Smith Book Awards

Established by a group of former students in 1890, Smith Clubs provide avenues for Smith College alumnae to connect socially while promoting Smith College around the world. Today, members meet in Smith Clubs across the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.

The Smith College Book Awards, sponsored by Smith Clubs, serve to increase awareness of Smith College, to encourage high school girls to include Smith College among their possible college choices, and to reward girls who have achieved academic success and personal achievement during their high school years.

Smith Clubs select high schools for participation in the program. Award winners are selected by guidance counselors or other personnel at each participating high school.

Recipients are awarded a book selected by Smith Club members. Application fees are waived for award-winning students who apply for admission to Smith College.

As a student at Victor High School in Victor, New York, Alexandra Chapman has attained a high level of academic success, receiving the Smith College Book Award in 2011. Miss Chapman is active in a number of extracurricular activities in Victor, New York, including National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, Medical Explorers Club, Key Club, and Varsity Club.