AP Scholar Awards Announced for 2019

Thirty-one students, down from 36 from the 2018-19 school year, at Montoursville Area High School have earned AP Scholar Awards in recognition of their exceptional achievement on AP Exams for the 2018-19 school year.

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. Only 18 percent of the over 2 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.

One student qualified for the National AP Scholar Award by earning an average score of 4 or higher on a five-point scale on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams.  This student is Emma Cihanowyz(’19).

Five 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 Emma Cihanowyz(’19), Kurtis Johnson(‘19), Rebekah Lundy(’19), London Mussina(’20), and Lily Saar(’20).

Ten 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 Julia Bradley(‘20), Zoe Gillespie(’20), Veronica Green(’19), Samuel Jordan(’19), Koby Lakes(’20), Reagan Luna(’19), Alexandria McKenna(’20), Alex McWilliams(’20), Hunter Moyer(’19), Katherine See(’19).

Fifteen students qualified for the AP Scholar Award by completing three or more AP Exams with scores of 3 or higher. The AP Scholars are Dawson Alexander(’19), Catrina Bagwell(’20), Braden Cott(’19), Jared Holmes(’19), Cortney Houseknecht(’19), Benjamin Kutay(’19), Ashley Loss(’20), Kayla Markley(’19), Julia Mertes(’20), Paeton Peluso(’20), Devon Robinson(’19), Abigail Shoemaker(’20), Jacob Simms(’20), Jacob Twardowski(’20), Jonathan Twardowski(’20).

Through 34 different college-level courses and exams, AP provides willing and academically prepared students with the opportunity to earn college credit 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 credit 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.

The College Board is a mission-driven not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity. Founded in 1900, the College Board was created to expand access to higher education. Today, the membership association is made up of over 6,000 of the world’s leading educational institutions and is dedicated to promoting excellence and equity in education. Each year, the College Board helps more than seven million students prepare for a successful transition to college through programs and services in college readiness and college success — including the SAT® and the Advanced Placement Program. The organization also serves the education community through research and advocacy on behalf of students, educators and schools.

Montoursville Area High School is a public high school of the Montoursville Area School District dedicated to the education of 617 students in Grades 9-12.  The schools rigorous Advanced Placement program, dedication to music and the arts, and many elective opportunities give students a well-rounded education for college and career.  Montoursville Area High School offers 15 Advanced Placement courses and is recognized for 8 consecutive years by the Washington Post as one of the nation’s Most Challenging High Schools.  In 2013, MAHS received national recognition from US News & World Report and Newsweek.  In 2019, MAHS was recognized by US News and World Report as a Best High School in America.  Established in 1966, Montoursville Area High School is located in the beautiful Susquehanna Valley in Montoursville, PA.