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Eighteen students at Marion County High School have earned AP Scholars Awards in recognition of their exceptional achievement on the college-level 2012 Advanced Placement 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 18 percent of the more than 1.8 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 Marion County High School:
Four students 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. The students are Taylor Corbett, Rachel Gootee, Charles Shofner, and Lauren Thim.
Fourteen students qualified for the AP Scholars Award by completing three or more AP Exams with scores of three or higher. The AP Scholars are Sydney Abell, Andrea Ackerman, Kanesha Carrington, Robert Cocanougher, Brad Gootee, Mary Helen Hamilton, Abigail Heck, Bryce Kleinsteuber, Alex Mattingly, Haberlin Roberts, Anne Taylor Sandusky, Katlyn Spalding, Anne Claire Thomas, and Paige Wilson..
Of this year’s award recipients at Marion County High School, eight were juniors: Andrea Ackerman, Brad Gootee, Mary Helen Hamilton, Abigail Heck, Haberlin Roberts, Anne Taylor Sandusky, Charles Shofner, and Lauren Thim. These students have at least one more year in which to complete college-level work and possibly earn a higher-level AP Scholar Award.
One of the award recipients was a freshman: Rachel Gootee. This student will have three more years in which to complete college-level work and possibly earn a higher-level AP Scholar Award.
Through more than 30 different college-level courses and exams, AP provides willing and academically prepared students with the opportunity to earn college credit or advanced placement and stand out in the college admission process. Each exam is developed by a committee of college and university faculty and AP teachers, ensuring that AP exams 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. Most four-year colleges in the United States provide credit and/or advanced placement for qualifying exam scores. Research consistently shows that AP students who score a 3 or higher on AP Exams (based on a scale from 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest) typically experience greater academic success in college and have higher college graduation rates than students who do not participate in AP.