Advanced Placement scholars at Merrimack High School

Kudos to AP scholars

To the Editor:

On a recent visit to Merrimack High School, I became aware of an accomplishment that I thought deserved to be brought to the community’s attention.

Earlier this year, the high school was recognized by the College Board as one of only three schools in the state to have achieved multiple years in which they were listed as members of the Advanced Placement Honor Roll.

Advanced Placement courses provide students with the opportunity to engage in demanding course work equivalent to that which would be expected at a collegiate level. A score of 3 or better on the College Board exam typically enables a student to earn college credit for that course.

The honor roll was created to single out high schools “for increasing access to AP course work while simultaneously maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP exams. Reaching these goals indicates that these districts are “successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are likely to benefit from rigorous course work.”

For the 2012–13 school year, there were 125 College Board Exams taken by Merrimack High School students. They included exams taken in biology, calculus AB, calculus BC, chemistry, English language, English literature, Japanese, physics C mechanics, physics C electricity and magnetism, psychology, Spanish language, statistics, and world history.

Of particular note is that 13 students earned individual honors for their performances. Ten students were recognized as Advanced Placement scholars for having received scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP exams. Two students earned the recognition of Advanced Placement scholar with honor, one having achieved an average score of 4.25 on four exams and the other scoring a perfect 5 on all four exams taken. And lastly, one student achieved a remarkable average score of 4.86 on seven AP exams, thereby earning the designation of an Advanced Placement scholar with distinction.

As a member of the Merrimack community, I would like to congratulate first those students who committed themselves to pursuing the study of an academically challenging course; and secondly, to those teachers who effectively provided the opportunity, instruction and encouragement to those same students. Their combined efforts have resulted in an achievement that is a significant credit to our school system as well as to our community.