Three recent graduates of Higley Unified School District were named 2014 National AP Scholars based on spring test scores.
Higley High School graduates Taylor Coury and Ruth Hicks and Williams Field High School graduate Theresa McDermott all received the national distinction.
The College Board, which oversees the Advanced Placement Program, grants National AP Scholar status to students who receive an average score of at least 4 (out of 5) on all AP Exams taken and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of the exams.
Coury and McDermott both took 10 AP exams. Hicks took eight. All three will attend a university in the fall.
In additional to national honors, more than 100 district high school students earned AP Scholar status:
• 34 Higley High School students were named AP Scholars;
• 5 Higley High School students were named AP Scholars with Honor;
• 15 Higley High School students were named AP Scholars with Distinction;
• 25 Williams Field High School students were named AP Scholars;
• 6 Williams Field High School students were named AP Scholars with Honor; • 10 Williams Field High School students were named AP Scholars with Distinction.
Students receive those honors when they score an average of at least 3.25 on all AP exams taken and take multiple exams.
In all, about 700 students from Higley and Williams Field High School combined took more than 1,200 AP exams in the spring.
Some colleges and universities award college credit when students achieve a specific score on AP exams, while others use the scores for placement.
Academically competitive institutions expect students to enroll in accelerated curriculum to be truly considered as well-prepared, highly qualified candidates for admission.
Higley High School saw an 81 percent jump in the number of AP exams taken in spring 2014 over the previous year and a 47 percent increase in the number of students sitting for the exams. Williams Field High School saw a 92 percent jump in the number of AP exams and an 81 percent increase in the number of students sitting for the exams.
“It is so very gratifying to see increasing numbers of Williams Field students rise to the challenge of rigorous coursework and thrive in this endeavor,” said William Field High School Principal Dr. Terri Wattawa.
“Research continually shows when students are enrolled in rigorous curriculum, and open access to those courses is non-negotiable, the preparation is entirely different than the traditional high school academic path,” Higley High School Principal Roseyn Hood said.