AP student sleeps and succeeds


Andrew Tapp

Senior Katie Barns is in a deep slumber as one of her teachers passes back papers. “I woke up drowning in achievements,” Barns later said.

Hailey Boger, Staff Artist



With a smile on her face, senior Katie Barns sat relaxed on her couch after looking at her AP scores from her junior year. Barns had received a five on all four of her AP exams, despite the fact that she hardly did a thing in any of her classes.

Although AP classes are college-level courses, Barns seemed to get by just fine by sleeping in class and turning in her assignments late.

“My teachers didn’t really care when I turned in my assignments as long as I did them at some point,” Barns said. “We had deadlines but I never got counted late or anything.”

One of Barns’ friends, senior Amanda Keller, testified to the fact that Barns was never doing anything when she looked over at her in class.

“I’d look over and she’d have her head down on her desk, either sleeping or playing some game on her phone,” Keller said.

Keller said that Barns would also frequently leave in the middle of class and return 45 minutes later with a McDonald’s cup. Barns would reportedly use a lot of her AP class time to run her errands.

Contrary to Barns, Keller was attentive in her AP classes, took extensive notes and did all of her work on time and still only ended up with twos and threes on her AP exams.

“It’s a little frustrating that she doesn’t even try and still does so well on her exams,” Keller said.

Science teacher Amy Feral, a former teacher of Barns’, said that it’s all about the students taking responsibility for their work and managing their time wisely.

“It’s not my problem if they don’t want to do their work until the last minute, it’s on them,” Feral said. “I’m just trying to prepare them for college. It’s a college class, after all.”