Mountaintop Students Receive College Board AP Scholars Awards

Sixty-five current students and recent graduates of Wyoming Seminary have been named AP Scholars by the College Board in recognition of their exceptional achievement on the college-level AP (Advanced Placement) Examinations. About 18 percent of the more than two million students who took AP Examinations in May, 2013, performed at a sufficiently high level to merit such recognition.

Students take AP examinations in May after completing challenging college-level courses at their high schools. The College Board recognizes several levels of achievement based on the number of year-long courses and exams (or their equivalent semester-long courses and exams).

Henry Cornell and Henry (Gus) Smith, both 2013 Sem graduates, and senior Nada Bader, all of Mountain Top, were among 27 Sem students who 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.

Olivia Smialek of Drums, a 2013 Sem graduate, was among 21 students who qualified for the AP Scholar award by completing three or more AP Examinations with grades of 3 or higher.

Most of the nation’s colleges and universities award credit, advanced placement or both based on successful performance on the AP Exam. More than 3,100 institutions award credits to students presenting a sufficient number of qualifying grades. There are 34 AP Examinations offered in a wide variety of subject areas, each consisting of multiple-choice and essay or problem-solving questions except for the Studio Art exam which evaluates students’ original artwork.

The College Board is a national nonprofit membership association dedicated to connecting students to college success and opportunity.