Monday, October 19, 2015

Pine Tree ISD Announces AP Scholars

Twenty students at Pine Tree High School have earned AP Scholars in recognition of their exceptional achievement on AP Exams.
      The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program® (AP®) 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 25 percent of the 2.5 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 Pine Tree High School five 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:  Andrea Jenkins, James McNaney, Irvin Shen, Brandon Watson, and Jerry Zhang.
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.  These students are Gabriela Herrera, Megan Kelly, Cameron Oswald, and Katelyn White.
  Eleven students qualified for the AP Scholar Award by completing three or more AP Exams with scores of 3 or higher.  The AP Scholars are Evan Barron, Kimberly Davis, Ezekiel Hernandez, Taylor Jennings-Whisen, Kaylah Knight, Joseph Moore, Holly Patterson, Savannah Patterson, Natalie Poss, Alexandra Walker, and Marci Walton.
Of this year’s award recipients at Pine Tree High School, are juniors Evan Barron, Gabriela Herrera, Megan Kelly, Natalie Poss, and Katelyn White.  These students have at least one more year in which to complete college-level work and possibly earn a higher-level AP Scholar Award.
Pine Tree High School offers 15 AP courses in which students are provided the opportunity to earn college credit or advanced placement and stand out in the college admission process.  In four of these 15 courses, Pine Tree students performed above the state average, and in Calculus, English Language & Composition, Studio Art Drawing and Studio Art 2D Design.  They performed above the national and global averages in Studio Art Drawing.
Through 37 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 3600 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.
The College Board is a mission-driven not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity. Founded in 1900, the College Board was created to expand access to higher education. Today, the membership association is made up of over 6,000 of the world’s leading educational institutions and is dedicated to promoting excellence and equity in education. Each year, the College Board helps more than seven million students prepare for a successful transition to college through programs and services in college readiness and college success — including the SAT® and the Advanced Placement Program. The organization also serves the education community through research and advocacy on behalf of students, educators and schools.

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