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WHS students earn strong scores on AP exams

WORTHINGTON — Several Worthington High School students recently received scores of 3 or higher on their 2018 Advanced Placement exams.

The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program 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.

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 — including more than 90 percent of four-year institutions in the United States.

WHS students receiving AP exam scores of 3 or higher are:

CALCULUS AB: Natalie Demuth, Dale Hansen, Max Langerud, Claire Ludes, Stewart Merrigan, Brianna Newman, Jamie Newman

CHEMISTRY: Bain (Bobby) Souwankham

ENGLISH LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION: Natalie Demuth, Brianna Newman

HUMAN GEOGRAPHY: Abigail Bannor, Jena Joens, Jeffrey Ludes

MUSIC THEORY: Smile Bu, Ethan Hyvari

PHYSICS: Soren Conlay, Natalie Demuth, Dale Hansen, Brianna Newman, Kelly Newman, Pedro Manzanarez

PSYCHOLOGY: Soren Conlay

SPANISH LANGUAGE (earned the Seal of Bi-literacy through MNSCU): Raul Flores Jr., Joselin Gonzales Mejia, Jose Hurtado, Shirley Perez-Perez, Magdalena Rico, Victoria Vasquez

US HISTORY: Anwar Farra, Jack Johnson, Pwe Ku, Davis Moore, Theodore (Tad) Stewart

WORLD HISTORY: Kayla Anderson, Kalea Appel, Will Brandner, Misti Dieter, Emme Schmitz, Adam Koller, Christian Lietz, Casey Michelson, Kyle Mullaney, Kathryn O’Donnell, Adamari Rangel, Azael Rodriguez, Payton Sauerbrei, Michael Schnieder, Victor Villalobos, Tyler Wietzema

The honor of AP Scholar is granted to students who receive scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP Exams during their high school career. Students earning the honor this year were: Raul Flores Jr., graduated 2018 (psychology, U.S. history, Spanish language and composition); Dale Hansen, graduated 2018 (calculus, chemistry, physics); Jack Johnson, currently in 12th grade (human geography, U.S. History, chemistry); and Davis Moore, currently in 12th grade (human geography, U.S. History, world history).

The honor of AP Scholar with Honor is granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams, during their high school career. Students earning the honor this year were: Natalie Demuth, graduated 2018 (human geography, U.S. history, English literature and composition, calculus, physics); Max Langerud, graduated 2018 (human geography, U.S. history, calculus, chemistry); and Brianna Newman, graduated 2018 (English literature and composition, human geography, calculus, physics).

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.