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October 9, 2007 > SCHOLAR AWARDS

SCHOLAR AWARDS

Submitted By Rick LaPlante

The designation of AP Scholar was given to 18 students at Newark Memorial High School by the College Board in recognition of their exceptional achievement on the college-level Advanced Placement Program(r) (AP) Exams.

The College Board's Advanced Placement Program offers students the opportunity to take challenging college-level courses while still in high school, and to receive college credit, advanced placement, or both for successful performance on the AP Exams. About 18 percent of the more than 1.4 million high school students in 16,000 secondary schools worldwide who took AP Exams performed at a sufficiently high level to merit the recognition of AP Scholar.

Students took AP Exams in May 2007 after completing challenging college-level courses at their high schools. The College Board recognizes several levels of achievement based on students' performance on AP Exams.

At Newark Memorial High School:
Two students qualified for the AP Scholar with Distinction Award by earning an average grade of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and grades of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams. These students are Loy Durham and Simon Tao.

One student qualified for the AP Scholar with Honor Award by earning an average grade of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and grades of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams. This student is Yazmin Amacker.

Fifteen students qualified for the AP Scholar Award by completing three or more AP Exams, with grades of 3 or higher. The AP Scholars are Agustin Borjon, Aaron Bowyer, Collin Breen, Jenny Diaz, Sunshine Falck, Charles Hudson, Puneetpal Kaur, Sheehab Khan, Alexander Matias, Martin Mwangi, Rocio Sanchez, Reeti Sharma, Labiba Shere, Brian Trieu, and Cameron Wood.

Of this year's award recipients at Newark Memorial five were juniors: Agustin Borjon, Sheehab Khan, Martin Mwangi, Reeti Sharma, and Cameron Wood. These students have at least one more year in which to complete college-level work and possibly earn another AP Scholar Award.

Most of the nation's colleges and universities award credit, advanced placement, or both based on successful performance on the AP Exams. More than 1,400 institutions award a full year's credit (sophomore standing) to students presenting a sufficient number of qualifying grades. In 2007, thirty-seven AP Exams were offered in a wide variety of subject areas, each consisting of multiple-choice and free-response (essay or problem-solving or oral response) questions (except for the Studio Art exam which evaluates students' original artwork).
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