AP Scholar Awards

For Immediate Release



Nate Showman, Assistant Principal

Verrado High School

Buckeye, AZ


August 9, 2013


Twenty-four students at Verrado High School have earned AP Scholar Awards in recognition of their exceptional achievement on the 2013 AP Exams.


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. About 18 percent of the more than 1.8 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.

At Verrado High School:

Omar Garcia, retained his status as a National AP Scholar by earning an average score of at least 4 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams. Omar is a two-time recipient of this award after taking a total of 12 AP exams during his Verrado tenure.

Eight 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 were Grant Belsterling, Benjamin Carpenter, Alexandria Farrar, Charlotte Johnson, Jimmy Lee, Amanda Lewis, Hector Villafana, Alyssa Wahlstrom.

One student, Stephanie Choi, 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.

Fourteen students qualified for the AP Scholar Award by completing three or more AP Exams with scores of 3 or higher. These students were Jose Balasta, Damian Barraza, Will Brace, Austin Byrom, Tyler Dink, Helaman Hazen, Kiranpreet Khangura, Patrick McGinty, Mihai Popescu, Adrianna Salazar, Josh Sand, Natalie Shurwin, Jeffrey Sun, and Judson Tomaiko.

Through more than 30 different college-level courses and exams, AP provides willing and academically prepared students with the opportunity to earn college credits or advanced placement and stand out in the college admission 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 3,800 colleges and universities annually receive AP scores. Most four year colleges in the United States provide credits and/or advanced placement for qualifying exam scores.

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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