Olentangy Local Schools announced that both participation in and scores for Advanced Placement courses have increased, according to information from the College Board.

Olentangy Local Schools announced that both participation in and scores for Advanced Placement courses have increased, according to information from the College Board.

According to the College Board, more than 58 percent of Olentangy juniors and seniors took one or more AP course during the 2009-10 school year, and more than 75 percent of those students earned a score of three or higher on the exams.

Also, ACT scores for the class of 2010 again increased, reaching an all-time high composite score of 24.5.

Over the last five years, Olentangy's ACT composite score has increased a full point, from 23.5 in 2006.

During that same time period, the state average increased by 0.3 to 21.8 for 2010.

Five Olentangy students have been named 2011 National Merit Scholarship Program semifinalists. Semifinalists represent the highest scores on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

The students are David Liu of Olentangy High School; Ryan Menges and Grace Pyo, both of Olentangy Liberty High School; and Matthew Van Vleet and Chloe Vaughan, both of Olentangy Orange High School.

Qualifying as National Merit semifinalists in the scholarship program makes the students eligible to compete for about 8,400 scholarships worth more than $36-million.