Huntington Advanced Placement Scholars On The Rise
By Jim Hoops
Huntington High School’s Advanced Placement Scholar ranks skyrocketed this year with 122 students being recognized for their fine performance on a series of challenging exams, 17 more than in 2012.
Huntington can now brag about having 50 AP Scholars, 20 AP Scholars with Honors and 52 AP Scholars with Distinction. Among the group of honorees are 10 national AP Scholars.
To qualify as an AP Scholar, a student must score a 3 or higher on three Advanced Placement exams. Students must have an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP exams taken and grades of 3 or higher on four or more exams to earn the AP Scholar with Honor designation. To be recognized as an AP Scholar with Distinction necessitates a minimum average grade of 3.5 on all AP exams taken and grades of 3 or higher on five or more such tests.
“With an ever-increasing focus on college and career readiness, it is important that students understand the importance of challenging themselves academically, whether it be with Advanced Placement courses or courses at another level that help them to reach their potential,” Huntington Superintendent James W. Polansky said. “In addition to the jump in the number of scholars, Advanced Placement participation is at an all-time high in Huntington, with nearly 200 more exams administered in 2013 than during the prior year. We hope to witness a continuation of both trends in the years to come.”
A district tracking report indicates that the number of AP Scholars increased by 13 over 2012 while the ranks of AP Scholars with Distinction grew by 10.
Remarkably, 10 Huntington students garnered National AP Scholar awards. To do so requires an average grade of at least 4 on all AP exams taken and grades of 4 or higher on eight or more of these difficult tests. In the past five years the school has had 39 National AP Scholars after having just 14 in the six year period from 2003 to 2008.
The following is a breakdown of Huntington High School’s Advanced Placement honorees over the past 11 years: