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La Vernia ISD Students Earn AP Scholar Awards


Seventeen students at La Vernia High School have earned AP Scholar Awards® in recognition of their exceptional placement on AP Exams taken in May 2018.

The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program® (AP®) provides willing 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. The College Board recognizes several levels of achievement based on students’ performance on AP Exams.

 At La Vernia High School:

  • Four students qualified for the AP Scholar with Distinction Award by earning an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams. These students are Brielle Weiss, LVHS Senior; Cymbrey Kappmeyer, LVHS Graduate; Sabina Schwab, LVHS Graduate; and Isabel Smith, LVHS Graduate.
  • Three students qualified for the AP Scholar with Honor Award by earning 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. These students are Ethan Royal, LVHS Senior; Hannah Ervin, LVHS Graduate; and Madison Saulter, LVHS Graduate.
  • Ten students qualified for the AP Scholar Award by completing three or more AP Exams with scores of 3 or higher. These students are Carolina de la Fuente, LVHS Junior; Elias Hudson, LVHS Senior; Hailey Janysek, LVHS Senior; John Michael Kadrmas, LVHS Senior; Elena Skaggs, LVHS Senior; Morgan Vajdos, LVHS Senior; Melanie Kadrmas, LVHS Graduate; Allyson Kitzer, LVHS Graduate; Amanda Leija, LVHS Graduate; and Sarah Wildenstein, LVHS Graduate.

“It is an honor to recognize our AP scholars, because not only do they commit to a rigorous course load, but they are also successful in earning qualifying scores on these exams,” said La Vernia High School Principal Kim Martin. “The majority of these students will enter college as sophomores, and I am very proud of all of them.”

Each AP 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 scores. Most four-year colleges in the United States provide credit and/or advanced placement for qualifying exam scores.

“These students have made an outstanding commitment to academic achievement and personal excellence,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Trent Lovette. “They are an inspiration to all of us and a great example of accomplishing great things through dedication and hard work.”

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 have higher college graduation rates than students who do not participate in AP.

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