RUMFORD — Mountain Valley High School Principal Matt Gilbert kicked off a school assembly with a brief video clip of Ashton Kutcher’s acceptance of the Teen Choice Award.

In the clip, Kutcher outlines three tips for success including being sexy. “The sexiest thing in the entire world is being really smart and being thoughtful and being generous. Everything else is crap … that people sell you to make you feel like less.”

Gilbert said, “Most of this assembly is about students who do great things academically. Based on Kutcher’s definition, they are sexy.”

Gilbert then called seniors to the stage who scored a three or higher on the Advanced Placement exams during the previous May. The students included Nathan Fitzpatrick and Mariah Witas for English language and composition as well as Shawn Bennett, Anthony Boucher, Nathan Fitzpatrick, Travis Ford, Mariah Witas and Zac Cross for U.S. history.

The AP exams are graded on a score of one to five. Often colleges give credit for scores of three or higher.

Gilbert remarked, “This represents eight college classes completed while you’re still enrolled in high school. Your parents will appreciate not having to pay for those credits when you get to your selected college.”

James Aylward teaches AP English language and composition and Chris Carver teaches AP U.S. history. Additional AP teachers include Meg Doughty, English literature and composition; and Lisa Russell, calculus.

Students at MVHS may select from a wide range of AP courses including English language and composition, English literature and composition, U.S. history, European history, calculus, biology and physics.

To see Kutcher explain his tips for success, go to

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