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MHS AP class beats state, national averages

Chad Frey
cfrey@thekansan.com

There is a group of McPherson High School students who faced what their teacher believes were long odds as they collectively outperformed the state.

The 2019-2020 students from McPherson High School, taught by John D. Lujano, exceed the state average collective pass rate by 35 percent, and the national average by 31 percent.

“This collection of individuals achieved at an exceptional level on this years’ exam, attaining a 91.7% pass rate, Lujano said. “They persevered through the unforeseen school closure of Spring 2020 due to the COVID 19 pandemic as well as having to completely transition to total online learning.”

MHS students taking the AP World History exam in May 2020 included: Sydney Achilles; Sheridan Bliss; Tyler Bontrager; Madison Dobson; Evie Elder; Harley Farmer; Amethyst Hale; Pierce Hamma; Caden Hardgrave; Sophia Herrera; Colson Hicka; Paul Holmes; Carly Malm; Bridget Menke; Connor Olson; Abigail Paulsen; Kyle Ramey; Olivia Rodriguez; Perrin Schneider; Bradley Sidener; Emily Whorton; Zoey Whorton; Emma Wilson; and Wesley Wurm

The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program (AP) enables willing and academically prepared students to pursue college-level studies – with the opportunity to earn college credit, advanced placement, or both – while still in high school.

“Through AP courses in 38 subjects, each culminating in a challenging exam, students learn to think critically, construct solid arguments, and see many sides of an issue – skills that prepare them for college and beyond,” Lujano said. “Taking AP courses demonstrates to college admissions officers that students have sought the most challenging curriculum available to them, and research indicates that students who score a 3 or higher on an AP Exam typically experience greater academic success in college and are more likely to earn a college degree than non-AP students.”