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October 24, 2012

Tina Veal-Gooch
Director of Public Relations
903.794.3651 ext. 1013

TISD Announces AP Scholars

Texarkana, TX -- Texarkana Independent School District is proud to announce that fifteen May 2012 graduates and six current senior students have earned the designation of AP Scholar, AP Scholar with Honor or AP Scholar with Distinction by the College Board in recognition of their exceptional achievement on the college-level Advanced Placement Program (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 20 percent of the 2.1 million students worldwide who took AP Exams performed at a sufficiently high level to also earn an AP Scholar Award.

Students took AP Exams in May 2012 after completing challenging college-level courses at their high schools. The College Board recognizes several levels of achievement based on student’s performance on AP exams.

At Texas High School, May 2012 graduates, Collin Hall and Emily Hoover qualified for the AP Scholar with Distinction by earning an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and grades of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams.

May 2012 graduates, Lauren Burgess, Claire Howard and Madison Sewell, were named AP Scholar with Honor 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.

Sixteen students qualified for the AP Scholar Award by completing three or more AP Examinations, with grades of 3 or higher. Texas High School AP Scholars are: May 2012 graduates Samuel Benefield, Lauren Caswell, Ashley Diggs, Annie Garrett, Douglas Ingram, Puja Kalyani, Jonathan Luna, Shea Smith, Connor Thomas and Victor Wedding. Current THS Seniors earning the distinction are: Gabriella Bermea, Jacob Hill, Abigail O’Gorman, Autumn Sehy, Wynne Tidwell and Calvin Walker.

Through 34 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 admissions process. Each exam is developed by a committee of college and university faculty and AP teachers, ensuring that 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.

The College Board’s is a not-for-profit membership whose mission is to connect students to college success and opportunity. Founded in 1900, the College Board was created to expand access to higher education. Today, the membership association is made up of more than 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.

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