South Williamsport Area High School recently announced that five students, all graduates from the Class of 2012, have earned AP Scholar Awards in recognition of their exceptional achievement on AP Exams.
The College Board's Advanced Placement Program provides willing and academically prepared students with the opportunity to take rigorous college-level courses while still in high school, and to earn college credit, advanced placement, or both for successful performance on the AP Exams. About 20 percent of the 2.1 million students worldwide who took AP Exams 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 South Williamsport Area High School, two students qualified for the AP Scholar with Distinction Award by earning an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams. These students are Maria Cioffi (now a freshman at Bucknell University) and Sarah Lamade (now a freshman at University of Rochester).
One student qualified for the AP Scholar with Honor Award by earning an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams. This student is Aleksander Keller (now a freshman at University of Pittsburgh).
Two students qualified for the AP Scholar Award by completing three or more AP Exams with scores of 3 or higher. The AP Scholars are Chelsie Burch (now a freshman at Bloomsburg University) and Michael Miele (now a freshman at Pennsylvania College of Technology).
South Williamsport Area High School offers five AP courses: U.S. History, World History, U.S. Government, Calculus (AB), and English Literature and Composition. In 2011-12, 36 students in grades 10 to 12 took AP exams, with a score of 3 or higher for 24 of the tests taken.