LIMESTONE – Twelve students at the Maine School of Science and Mathematics earned the designation of AP Scholar by the College Board in recognition if their exceptional achievement on the college-level Advanced Program Exams.

The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program offers students the opportunity to take challenging college-level courses while still in high school, and to receive college credit, advanced placement, or both for successful performance on the AP Exams. About 18 percent of the more than 1.3 million high school students in 16,000 secondary schools worldwide who took AP Exams performed at a sufficiently high level to merit the recognition of AP Scholar.

Students took AP Exams in May after completing college-level courses at their high schools. The College Board recognizes several levels of achievement based on the student’s performance on AP exams.

Nine students qualified for the National AP Scholar Award by earning an average grade of 4 or higher on a 5-point scale on all AP Exams taken, and grades of a 4 or higher on eight or more of the exams. Local students are Hunter Meyer of Farmington, Michael Hancock of Bridgton, Justin Haines of Turner, David Harbage of Norway, David Witmer of Topsham and Louis Zellinger of Bowdoinham.

Five students qualified for the AP Scholar with Distinction Award by earning an average grade of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and grades of a 3 or higher on five or more of these exams. Local students are Haines, Harbage, Witmer and Zellinger.

Meyer, Hancock, Haines, Harbage, Witmer and Zellinger qualified for the AP Scholar with Honor Award by earning an average grade of at least a 3.25 on all AP Exams taken. Students earning a grade of three or higher on four or more of these exams included Morgan Nuzzo of Litchfield, Hancock, Haines Harbage, Witmer and Zellinger.

A local student, Meyer, qualified for the AP Scholar Award by completing three or more AP Exams with grades of a 3 or higher.

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