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Vol. 45, No. 89
Oct. 7, 2011

Missouri Students Receive State AP Scholar Award

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education announced today that three Missouri high school graduates were among 117 students nationwide to receive the State AP® Scholar Award from the College Board based on their outstanding performance on the 2011 Advanced Placement exams.

The Missouri award recipients are:

  • Rohit Gummi and Nevatha Mathialagan, Marquette High School, Rockwood R-VI School District, Chesterfield; and
  • Christina Schmidt, Lafayette High School, Rockwood R-VI School District, Wildwood.

The award is one of several given by the College Board recognizing high school students who have demonstrated college-level achievement throughout AP courses and exams. Since 1990, the College Board confers this distinction on the top male and female students in each state and the District of Columbia with scores of 3 or higher on the greatest number of AP exams, and then the highest average score of at least 3.5 on all AP exams taken.

The College Board’s AP 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 and/or advanced placement for successful performance on the AP exams. In 2011, 3.4 million exams were taken by nearly 2 million students at over 18,000 high schools. On nearly 60 percent of these exams, students received scores of 3 or higher on a five-point scale, which potentially qualifies them for credit and/or advanced placement at colleges and universities worldwide.

Missouri’s 2010-2011 Student Achievement Report confirmed the steady expansion of the AP program in high schools across the state. Missouri graduates took more than 29,000 AP exams during their high school careers, an increase of nearly 2 percent over the class of 2010. In the past five years, the number of AP exams taken by Missouri students has increased by more than 40 percent.