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WHS students excel on Advanced Placement exams

The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program (AP) enables students to pursue college-level studies while still in high school. Taking AP courses also demonstrates to college admissions officers that students have sought out the most rigorous curriculum available to them.

In 2017, Worthington High School offered studies in the following AP subjects: English Literature and Composition, Calculus, Chemistry, Human Geography, Psychology, U.S. History, World History, Spanish Language and Statistics.

Each AP teacher’s syllabus is evaluated and approved by college faculty from some of the nation’s leading institutions, and AP Exams are developed and scored by college faculty and experienced AP teachers. AP is accepted by more than 3,600 colleges and universities worldwide for college credit, advanced placement, or both on the basis of successful AP Exam scores. This includes over 90 percent of four-year institutions in the United States.

Each AP Exam consists of dozens of multiple-choice questions that are scored by machine, as well as free-response questions (essays, translations, problems, oral responses) that are scored at the annual AP Reading by approximately 10,000 college faculty and AP teachers using scoring standards and rubrics developed by college and university faculty who teach the corresponding college courses. The composite score for each AP Exam is converted to a grade of 5, 4, 3, 2 or 1. An AP Exam grade of 5 is equivalent to an A in the corresponding college course; a grade of 4 is equivalent to grades of A-, B+ and B; and a grade of 3 is equivalent to grades of B-, C+ and C.

The following WHS students received scores of 3 or higher on their 2017 AP Exams:

Calculus AB: Aditya Bagaskara, Samuel Burns, Julia Luke, Jada Nelsen, Maritza Orozco, Lam Pham, Megan Wass

Chemistry: Jack Johnson, Christipher Lee, Sean Souksavath

English Language and Composition: Julia Luke, Jada Nelsen, Adam Koller, Christian Lietz, Kathryn O’Donnell, Payton Sauerbrei, Emme Schmitz, Michael Schnieder, Bain (Bobby) Souwankham

Psychology: Raul Flores Jr., Nathan Johnson, Melanie Velasco

Spanish Language (they have earned the Seal of Biliteracy through MnSCU): Aliyah Abdulrahman, Marisol Barajas, Lorena Chamonica, Myrka Chavez, Clara Fuentes, Maria Guzman, Janet Hernandez, Dariela Juarez, Jennifer Pacas Hernandez, Eunice Perez, Tania Pineda Sorto, Magdalena Rico, Xitlalli Soto, Sergio Talamantes, Victoria Vasquez

Statistics: Vincent Riley

U.S. History: Natalie Demuth, Raul Flores Jr., Max Langerud, Diana Rivera

World History: Davis Moore

The AP Program also offers several AP Scholar Awards to recognize high school students who have demonstrated college-level achievement through AP courses and exams. Although there is no monetary award in addition to receiving an award certificate, this achievement is acknowledged on any score report that is sent to colleges the following fall.

AP Scholar Awards are granted to students who receive scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP Exams during their high school career. WHS students earning this awards in 2017 were then-junior Max Langerud (Human Geography, U.S. History, Chemistry) and then-senior Jada Nelsen (English Literature and Composition, Human Geography, Calculus AB).