Cheney High School officials have announced that 16 students have earned Advanced Placement (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 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.
The College Board recognizes several levels of achievement based on students’ performance on AP Exams. At Cheney 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 three or higher on five or more of these exams. These students are Robert Cook, Ross Knutson, Sarah Oakes, Katherine Painter, and Sophia Schwalbe.
Eleven students qualified for the AP Scholar Award by completing three or more AP exams with scores of three or higher. The AP Scholars are Shelby Beedle, Kelsey Fillmore, Hayden Gerstenkorn, Elizabeth Gill, Ashley Hall, Austin Harding, Aimee Jenkins, Kayla Magers, Rebecca Stevens and Michala Youmans. All are seniors with the exception of Beedle and Jenkins.
Of this year’s award recipients at Cheney High School, one student was a sophomore taking the exams last year: Jaden Stock. Stock is now currently enrolled in the UW Academy program at the University of Washington as a junior in high school.
Through 34 different college-level courses and exams, AP provides 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 three or higher on AP exams (based on a scale from 1 to 5, with five being the highest) typically experience greater academic success in college and have higher college graduation rates than students who do not participate in AP.
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.