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Caz students earn AP scholar awards

Twenty-seven students at Cazenovia High School have earned AP Scholar Awards in recognition of their exceptional achievement on AP exams.

The College Board's Advanced Placement Program provides motivated and academically prepared students with the opportunity to take rigorous college-level courses while still in high school, and to earn college credits, advanced placement, or both for successful performance on the AP exams. About 18 percent of the nearly 1.7 million students worldwide who took AP exams 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. At Cazenovia High School, 11 students qualified for the AP Scholar with Distinction Award by earning an average of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and grades of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams.

AP Scholars with Distinction this year were: Matthew Dudley, Regan Esposito, Whitney Goris, Katherine Hill, Mark Kellish, Frederick Koennecke, Reid Muller, James Rasmussen, Matthew Sattler, Sara Silverman and Daniel Wightman.

Nine students qualified for the AP Scholar with Honor Award by earning an average of at least 3.25 on all AP exams taken, and grades of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams.

AP Scholars with Honors this year were: Ellen Buckhout, Ellen Burr, Joseph DeMario, Christina Gilliland, Emma Henderson, Taylor Malmsheimer, Hollie Marcelle, Wayne Matteson, and Kevin Regan.

Seven students qualified for the AP Scholar Award by completing three or more AP Exams with grades of 3 or higher.

The AP Scholars were: Sean Cannizzaro, Andrew Dain, Sarah Fellows, Eric Goldman, Phillip Neumiller, Patrick Nunez, and Brodie Shephard.

More than 3,600 colleges and universities annually receive AP grades. Over 90 percent of four-year colleges in the United States provide credit and/or placement for qualifying exam grades. 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 higher graduation rates than students who do not participate in AP.

Susan T. Vickers is assistant principal at Cazenovia High School.

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