A trio of Payson High School students have received The College Board's prestigious AP Scholar Award for their efforts on the college-level Advanced Placement Program tests.
Christina Culligan qualified for the AP honor award by earning a grade point average of 3.25 on all AP exams taken.
Klay Clawson and Stephanie Hilliard qualified by completing three or more AP Exams with grades of 3.00 or higher.
The students took the AP Exams May 2004 after completing challenging college-level courses at Payson High School.
The College Board's Advancement Placement Program offers students the opportunity to take the college-level courses while still in high school, and often receive college credit for successfully passing the AP Exams.
Most of the nation's colleges and universities award credit, advanced placement, or both to those who pass the AP Exams.
The exams are offered in a wide variety of subjects and usually consist of multiple choice, free-response, essay and problem-solving questions.
Culligan, Clawson and Hilliard are among the 17 percent of the more than 1 million high schools students in about 15,000 high schools worldwide who took the AP Exams and performed well enough to earn the AP Scholar recognition.
The College Board is non-profit membership organization that provides high school students services in college admissions, guidance, assessment and financial aid.