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Vol. 46, No. 71
September 25, 2012

Three Missouri Students Receive State AP Scholar Award

Three Missouri teens are among 108 students nationwide to receive the College Board State AP Scholar Award for outstanding performance on 2012 Advanced Placement (AP) exams.

The Missouri award recipients are:

    • Ravali Gummi, Marquette High School, Chesterfield
    • Richard J. Lu, Lafayette High School, Wildwood
    • Ge Song, Rockbridge High School, Columbia

The AP State Scholar Award recognizes students in each state and the District of Columbia who have scored a three or higher, on a five point scale, on the greatest number of AP exams and who have earned the highest average score of at least a 3.5 on all AP exams taken.

The College Board's AP program provides students with the opportunity to take college-level classes while still in high school and potentially earn college credit if they receive a score of three or higher on the exam.

More Missouri students are performing successfully on the AP tests. The number of exams with a score of three or higher during the 2011-2012 school year increased 12.2 percent over the previous year. In the past five years, that number has risen by 43.8 percent.

Missouri has also seen a rise in the number of AP exams being taken. Public school students took a total of 24,853 tests during 2011-2012, compared to 22,587 tests the previous school year.

The number of public school students in Missouri taking AP exams during the 2011-2012 school year totaled more than 15,500 ‒ an increase of 39 percent over the past five years.

Founded in 1990, the College Board was created to help expand access to higher education. Each year, the organization helps more than 7 million students across the country prepare for college through several programs, including AP classes and the SAT exam.