TOPEKA — Two 2017 Kansas high school graduates have received the College Board’s State Advanced Placement (AP) Scholar Award based on their outstanding performances on 2017 AP exams.
The two students are Vasavi L. Garimella, who attended Blue Valley West High School in Overland Park at the time of the award, and Owen S. Li, who attended Manhattan High School at the time of the award.
The State AP Scholar Award is an academic distinction acknowledging students who have earned the most AP Exam scores of 3 or higher statewide and the highest average score (at least 3.5) on all AP Exams taken.
The award is presented annually to one male student and one female student from each state and the District of Columbia.
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, according to the College Board.
This is the 27th year for the AP State Scholars program.
Garimella and Li achievements are acknowledged on every score report sent to colleges, according to the College Board.
The College Board is a nonprofit organization with a mission to connect students to college success and opportunity. It was founded in 1900 to expand access to higher education. For more information about AP or the College Board, visit https://apscore.collegeboard.org.
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