Six students at St. John Neumann Regional Academy have earned AP Scholar Awards in recognition of their exceptional achievement on 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 22 percent of the 2.2 million students worldwide who took AP exams performed at a sufficiently high level to also earn an AP Scholar Award.
Standing, from left, are Benjamin Caviston, Geoffrey Kist, Stephen Helminiak. Seated, from left, are Nathan McFadden, Morgan Yearick and Benjamin Facey.
The College Board recognizes several levels of achievement based on students' performance on AP exams.
Two 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 Seniors Benjamin Facey and Geoffrey Kist.
Four students qualified for the AP Scholar Award by completing three or more AP exams with scores of 3 or higher. The AP Scholars are seniors Benjamin Caviston, Stephen Helminiak, Nathan McFadden, and Morgan Yearick.
"St. John Neumann Regional Academy High School is very proud of our AP Scholars. These students have consistently shown excellence through rigorous coursework and course selections, as well as in their ability to succeed on multiple AP tests," stated St. John Neumann High School principal, Mrs. Denise Tobin.
Through 34 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 3,600 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 more than 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.