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High schoolers excel on college-level exams

Cindy Ramunno

EAGLE-VAIL – Battle Mountain High School continues to increase its offerings of college-level “advanced placement” classes for students. Students can earn college credits for passing the so-called “AP” courses. There are now nine advanced placement classes offered in world history, U.S. history, English literature, English language, biology, calculus, studio art, Spanish and computer science.Last year, close to 40 percent of the 11th and 12th graders at the school were enrolled in one or more advanced placement class. In 2004, 124 students took a total of 199 exams, a 40 percent increase over 2003. Passing rates improved in biology and U.S. History, which are the most popular advanced placement courses at Battle Mountain. World history had a pass rate of 64 percent with all AP students required to take the exams. “We continue to strive to fully prepare our students for success on the AP exams through professional development, a rigorous and challenging curriculum, and AP seminars,” guidance counselor Jan Abbott says. Exam fees and books for students needing financial assistance were paid for by the school’s Parent-Teacher Association, Abbot says. Students are scored on a 1 to 5 scale. Three and above is considering passing. Former Battle Mountain students Taylor Roach (now at the U.S. Air Force Academy) Maggie Sheahan (Pomona College) and Meghan Meehan (Colgate) were named AP scholars with honor for scoring an average of at least 3.25 on all AP exams taken or scoring 3 or higher on four or more exams.Seven students who scored 3 or higher on three exams were named AP scholars. Those students, and the colleges they now attend, are Brittany Peterson (University of Richmond), Danielle Wray (Colorado State University), Stephanie Rice (George Washington University), Michael Brunner (University of Nevada), Harrison Gillis (Rose Hulman), Jeffrey Green (Colorado State University) and Nathan Ball (Boston College). Vail Colorado