PHARR, TX — Twenty-one PSJA North High School students earned AP Scholar Awards from The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program® (AP®), which provides willing and academically prepared students with the opportunity to take rigorous college-level courses while still in high school, earn college credit, advanced placement, or both for successful performance on the AP Exams. About 20 percent of the 2.1 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. These awards recognize students from the Class of 2013 and Class of 2014.
At PSJA North High School:
- Seven 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: Jose C. Cirilo, Michael E Garcia, Omar Gonzalez, Hector E Guerra, Jaime A Lopez, Sigifredo Salinas and Julian Velazquez.
- Three 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: Andres Garcia, Gerardo Garza and Jesus Guerrero.
- Eleven students qualified for the AP Scholar Award by completing three or more AP Exams with scores of 3 or higher. The AP Scholars are Edgar Alaniz-Cantu, Leonel Alvarez, Antonio Ayala, Ernesto Borrego, Yesenia A Delgado, Perla Y Escobar, Blanca Galvan, Alexis Garcia, Hugo Gonzalez, Erick Lopez and Miguel A Palacios.
Through 34 different college-level courses and exams, AP provides 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 (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.