Payson High Students Earn Achievement Honors

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Six students at Payson High School have earned AP Scholar Awards in recognition of their exceptional achievement on advanced placement 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 credit, advanced placement, or both for successful performance on the AP exams.

Alexia Robles, last year’s salutatorian, qualified for the AP Scholar with Honor award by earning an average grade of at least 3.25 on all AP exams taken.

Five students qualified for the AP Scholar Award by completing three or more AP exams with grades of three or higher. The AP Scholars are Ryan Ammann, Nicole Goebel, Aaron Meidinger, Sumit Patel and Ben Sandoval.

Of this year’s award recipients at Payson High School, Aaron Meidinger and Ben Sandoval are currently seniors. These students have at least one more year in which to complete college-level work and possibly earn a higher-level AP Scholar Award. Sumit Patel graduated last year as valedictorian.

About 18 percent of the nearly 1.7 million students worldwide who took AP exams performed 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.

Through more than 30 different college-level courses and exams, AP provides motivated and academically prepared students with the opportunity to earn college credit or advanced placement and stand out in the college admissions process.

Each exam is developed by a committee of college and university faculty and AP teachers, ensuring that AP exams are aligned with the same high standards expected by college faculty at some of the nation’s leading liberal arts and research institutions.

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 three or higher on AP exams (based on a scale from one to five, with five being the highest) typically experience greater academic success in college and higher graduation rates than students who do not participate in AP.

The College Board is a not-for-profit membership organization whose mission is to connect students to college success and opportunity.

Founded in 1900, the association is composed of more than 5,600 schools, colleges, universities, and other educational organizations.

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