Sixty-four students at Land O’ Lakes High School have earned AP Scholar Awards in recognition of their exceptional achievement on Advanced Placement Exams taken in May each year.
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 1.9 million students worldwide who took AP Exams performed at a sufficiently high level to earn an AP Scholar Award.
The College Board recognizes several levels of achievement based on students’ performance on AP Exams.
At Land O’ Lakes High School:
Three students qualified for the National AP Scholar Award by earning an average score of 4 or higher on a five-point scale on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams. These students are Jennifer N. Bayley, Ian McKenzie, and Natalie A. Meusling.
Nineteen 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 Randal W. Ackett, Jennifer N. Bayley, Grace Carapezza, Grace Chow, Colin R. Defant, Rebecca A. Hatz, Rohit S. Iyer, Austin W. Keenan, Dana C. Lawson, Morgan Maloney, Shane Matthews, James R. McDavid, Ian McKenzie, Natalie A. Meusling, Joshua Nissen, Priyanshi J. Patel, Francisco R. Rosado, David A. Roth, and Jason D. Ryan.
Eleven 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 Catherine E. Cole, Katherine Dennis, Corey N. Diamond, Adam T. Gendreau, Emily T. Macon, Bryce M. Maldonado, Spencer C. Phillips, Priya Solanki, Konrad J. Thorner, Devin K. Tran, and Jazmine Vaz-Baker.
Thirty-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 James Adams, Glenda A. Barr López, Ian P. Barreto, Brevin S. Baxter, Julius Byla, Zachary Conn, George Dahdal, Anyssa L. Daley, Teresa M. Della-Penna, Krystin Demsher, Kirk Elifson, Brooke Gonzalez, Ryan T. Good, Anjonette M. Hall, Nicholas L. Herbert, Elizabeth A. Kassens, Mackenzie M. Koth, Patrick Lawson, Kayla Lucia, Tyler J. MacDonald, Mikayla L. Mace, Meghan McNaull, Erik, Ninnemann, Anthony Niznik, Alexandra N. Pierovich, Brendan A. Reeder, Molly A. Robinson, Jason D. Santoro, Tiffany Sleek, Trever W. Sotiropoulos, Victor Sprakis, Julia M. Trudel, Michael R. Vetzel, and Joshua Villegas.
“Land O’ Lakes High School is proud of all the students who step up to the challenges of advanced coursework,” said Principal Ric Mellin. “Over 400 students earned high scores on their AP exams this year. This group of AP Scholars stands out among them and inspires our younger students in their own studies,” he noted.
Through 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.
—Media Release submitted by LOLHS