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 1.8 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. This year, Waterford High School had its third National AP Scholar. Hayes Barry, class of 2011, qualified for this prestigious award. National criteria for this award include earning scores of 4 or more on eight or more AP Exams.

Twelve WHS 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: Hayes Barry, Linnea Braaten, Nathan Brooks, Aaron Derner, Matthew Felindes, Kristina Kamer, Stephanie Malchine, Michelle Nimz, Kayla Olson, Jennifer Parker, Courtney Ramczyk, and Taylor Wilfert.

Fifteen WHS 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: Amanda Baxter, Korie Beaulier, Cameron Berg, Colin Berg, Taylor Chase, Taryn Davidson, Alexander Dewane, Alexander Gasiorowki, Matthew Irvine, Drew Jensen, Samantha Kemp, Mitchell Nelson, Mitchell Singer, Kurtis Sustachek, and Cody Velez.

Thirty-one students qualified for the AP Scholar Award by completing three or more AP Exams with scores of 3 or higher. The AP Scholars are:  Adam Bartling, Amerlie Beland, Kathryn Beu, Derek Bodmer, Matthew Briggs,  Robert Carlson, Ashley Chic, Karl Chic, Joseph Duffek, Luke Fitzwater, Jessica Gartzke, Jaclyn Gellings, Adam Haag, Ryan Hilton, Keith Knurr, Benjamin Krueger, Amber Lancaster, Aubrey Lukas, Francis Mcginty, Megan Moneta, Jessica Rick, Andrew Salewski, Mattew Sheeley, Heather Stone, James Strelow, Anthony Sustachek, Shannon Thiesenhusen, Shayla Wells, Connor Westrick, Melissa Wollmer, and  Nick Zimmerman.

Through more than 30 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 3,800 colleges and universities annually receive AP scores.

Most four-year colleges in the US 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 typically experience greater academic success in college and have higher college graduation rates than students who do not participate in AP.

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