Advanced Placement (AP) classes provide college-level studies for students while still in high school. At the conclusion of AP classes, willing and academically prepared students can demonstrate their mastery of college-level coursework by taking AP exams in May each year. Scores of 3 or better on a scale of 1-5 may earn college credit, advanced placement or both at most colleges and universities. AP Scholar Awards were awarded to 51 students at Fond du Lac High School in recognition of their exceptional achievement on AP Exams taken in May 2012, an increase of 18 students over the previous year.
Samuel Phillips was the only individual who qualified as a National AP Scholar, having received an average score of at least 4 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams.
Sixteen 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. Sara Bossenbroek, Megan Bucher, Sarah Calvert, Taylor Ellingson, Thomas Feustel, Alexander Gedye, Benjamin Giles, Marah Larsen, Arianna McCormick, Samuel Phillips, Sarah Razner, Danielle Riese, Stevie Rosenkranz, Jordan Sieloff, Breanna Sinotte, and Daniel Wirtz were the students achieving the Distinction award.
Six 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 grades of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams. Nathan Cudworth, Kailey Sabel, Phillip Schneider, Rachel Schneider, Taylor Schuster, and Lyda Xiong were the students achieving the Honor award.
Twenty-eight students qualified for the AP Scholar Award by earning an average grade of at least 3 or higher on three or more AP Exams taken. Kyra Bowe, Trevor Clementi, Doniell Ericksen, Katie Faber, Maggie Halfman, Brian Harney, Nicholas Horning, Alexander Letourneau, Bailey Marquardt, Mitchell Oberdorf, Margaret Orner, Katelin Polakoski, Mason Raube, Mitchell Riemersma, Kaitlin Rommelfanger, Evan Ronayne, Shawn Schlagenhaft, Abbey Schneider, Emilee Sesing, Erin Steward, Jered Sweeney-Demezas, Taylor Terbilcox, Elisabeth Thelen, Jordan Wendt, Erin Weston, Nhou Xiong, Cornell Zbikowski, and David Zimmerman were the students achieving the Scholar award.
Each AP 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 grades. Most four-year colleges in the United States provide credit and/or advanaced 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 as well as higher graduation rates than students who do not participate in AP.
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