Thirty Gahanna Lincoln High School students have earned Advanced Placement (AP) Scholar Awards in recognition of exceptional achievement on AP Exams.

Thirty Gahanna Lincoln High School students have earned Advanced Placement (AP) Scholar Awards in recognition of exceptional achievement on AP Exams.

Guidance counselor Melissa Monnig told ThisWeek that 24 seniors and six juniors have earned recognition for high marks on the tests they took in May.

The College Board's AP program provides willing and academically prepared students with the opportunity to take rigorous college-level courses while still in high school, and to earn college credit, advanced placement, or both for successful performance on the AP exams, Monnig said.

Based on Gahanna students' performance on the exams, the College Board has recognized the following:

Lincoln High School student Aaron Gyde qualified for the National AP Scholar Award by earning an average score of four or higher on a five-point scale on all AP Exams taken, and scores of four or higher on eight or more of these exams.

Nine 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 three or higher on five or more of these exams. These students include Karina Anam, Ji Hoon Chun, Aaron Gyde, Emma Hinckley, Robert Ivancic, Megan Jashinski, Alissa Prior, Robert Roll and Sai Pranav Uppati.

Five 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 three or higher on four or more of these exams. These students are Steven Chandler, Derek Cox, Brett Hollenbach, Andrew Rhiel and Caitlin Roberts.

Sixteen students qualified for the AP Scholar Award by completing three or more AP exams with scores of three or higher. The AP Scholars are Emily Barnett, Cathlene Beck, Danielle Cavendish, Michael Gellner, Ajda Gokcen, Michelle Lee, Anne Meuser, Lisa Miller, Lindsay Newburn, Justin Prusz, Taylor Ross, Eric Schumacher, Jesse Shivener, Katherine Youngkin, Valerie Yuenger and Jordan Zink.

Approximately 243 Gahanna high school students took AP classes last year, according to Monnig. The students took a total of 348 AP exams. She also noted that 62 percent of the students taking the 348 AP tests received a score of three or higher in the 2010 testing period.

"We want to recognize these students and let them know we recognize them for earning these distinctions," Monnig said. "There's no monetary value, but it's something to be proud of. They are taking the most rigorous work possible here."