La Porte High School students or recent graduates have earned 25 Advanced Placement (AP) Scholar Awards. The College Board's AP Program offers several AP Scholar Awards to recognize high school students who have demonstrated college-level achievement through AP courses and exams.
AP Scholar Awards are earned on four levels, with each level representing increased scores on a minimum of three subject area exams to a maximum of eight or more exams. The composite score for each AP Exam is converted to a score of 5, 4, 3, 2 or 1.
Danielle Underwood, a 2011 graduate and National Merit Scholar, earned the prestigious National AP Scholar award. This award is granted to students in the United States who receive 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.
Underwood and classmates Elizabeth Adams and Dakota W. Wilson were named AP Scholars with Distinction. This award is granted to those who receive 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.
Five LPHS students earned the AP Scholar with Honor Award. This award is granted to students who receive 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. Honorees include 2011 graduates Rafael Deaquino and Bethany Salinas as well as incoming LPHS seniors Emily K. Lowry, Joel A. Ortiz and Elizabeth M. Westmoreland.
Students who received scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP Exams were named AP Scholars. Those earning this honor include 2011 graduates Khadijah A. Erskine, Brelan J. Garcia, Solomon J. Garcia, James A. Grigsby, Jillian A. Humphrey, Elizabeth L. McCarther, Karma M. McPhee, Kayla C. Simmons, and Morgan D. Williams as well as incoming senior Justin T. Ayers, Emily A. Edwards, Daniel M. Engles, James C. McDonald, Tawny C. Parker, Leslie M. Rodriguez and Todd Vaden.
"We at La Porte High School are very proud of all of these students' achievements," said LPHS principal Todd Schoppe. "We know that they have worked very hard, and their hard work has paid off with high achievements on the AP exams."
Since 1955, the AP Program has enabled millions of students to take college level courses and exams, and to earn college credit or placement while still in high school. The AP Program offers more than 30 courses and exams, with nearly 18,000 schools worldwide participating.