Natick High School announced this month that 54 of its students have earned AP Scholar Awards in recognition of their exceptional achievement on AP exams during the 2011-2012 school year.
The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program offers 34 different college-level courses and exams to high school students, who can then earn college credit, advanced placement, or both for successful performance on the AP exams. The tests are graded on a one through five point scale, with "5" being the highest score.
Of the 2.1 million students worldwide who took AP exams, about 20 percent performed at a sufficiently high level to also earn an AP Scholar Award. The College Board recognizes several levels of achievement based on students’ performance on AP exams.
At Natick High School, three students - Brandon Leung, Kevin Ngan, and Evan O’Connor - qualified for the National AP Scholar Award by earning an average grade of "4" or higher on all AP exams taken, and grades of "4" or higher on eight or more of these exams.
Twenty-two students qualified for the AP Scholar with Distinction Award by earning an average grade of at least "3.5" on all AP exams taken, and grades of "3" or higher on five or more of these exams. These students are: Alexandra Barr, Elizabeth Bruns, Kyle Buckley, Benjamin Collins, Andrew Culkin, Prasanth Dhulipall, Sara Ebb, Sarah Grace, Patrick Harney, Brandon Leung, Keileigh McReynolds, Kevin Ngan, Evan O’Connor, Hannah Pomfret, Jack Price, Sabrina Riley, Christopher Saccardo, Luke Sorenson, Dima Thabit, Emily Tumang, Elizabeth Walker, and Sarah Ward.
Twelve students qualified for the AP Scholar with Honor Award by earning an average grade of at least "3.25" on all AP Exams taken, and grades of "3" or higher on four or more of these exams. These students are: Harsha Amaravadi, Frederick Coburn III, Carly Daitch, Kelsea Gildawae, Anna Kjersgard, Shannon Lightcap, Daniel Nesvet, Emily O’Neil, Benjamin Parnas, Roxanna Rajabi, Isabella Spridigliozzi, and Katelyn, Ward
Nineteen students qualified for the AP Scholar Award by completing three or more AP Exams with grades of "3" or higher. The AP Scholars are: Hunter Bolin, Hannah Byrne, Rachel Catlin, Matthew Collins, Justin Haugland, Saba Karimeddiny, Jesse Khoury, Jared Kimler, Rebecca Krasa, Mai Mitsuyama, Nicole Morrissey, Michael Perry, Matthew Powers, Matthew Schneider, Adam Siegel, Hannah Weinstock, Everett Wenzlaff, William Wisheart, and Robert Yee.
Of this year’s award recipients at Natick High School, four are juniors: Justin Haugland, Saba Karimeddiny, Roxanna Rajabi, and Robert Yee. These students have one more year in which to complete college-level work and possibly earn a higher-level AP Scholar Award, according to the school.
Each AP exam is developed by a committee of college and university faculty and AP teachers, ensuring that the AP tests are aligned with the same high standards expected by college faculty at some of the nation’s leading liberal arts and research institutions.
More than 3,800 colleges and universities annually receive AP scores, and most four-year colleges in the United States provide credit and/or advanced placement for qualifying exam scores.
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