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Mercersburg Academy students honored

October 17, 2005

MERCERSBURG, Pa. - Thirty-eight students at Mercersburg Academy have been named AP Scholars by the College Board in recognition of their achievement on the college-level Advanced Placement Program (AP) Exams, according to an academy press release.

The College Board's Advanced Placement Program offers students the opportunity to take challenging college-level courses while still in high school, and to receive college credit, advanced placement or both for successful performance on the AP Exams.

More than 1,400 institutions award a full year's credit to students presenting a sufficient number of qualifying grades.

The College Board recognizes several levels of achievement based on a student's performance on AP exams, but only about 18 percent of the more than 1 million high school students who took AP Exams in May performed at a sufficiently high level to merit such recognition, according to the press release.

Nine academy students qualified for the AP Scholar with Distinction Award by earning an average of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and grades of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams. Of these nine, the following local students qualified for this distinction.

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  • Margaret Arnesen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Erik Arnesen of Willow Hill, Pa.

  • Matthew Brennan, son of Mr. and Mrs. Garry Brennan of Chambersburg, Pa.

  • Mark Dobish, son of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Dobish of Chambersburg, Pa.


Eleven academy students qualified for the AP Scholar with Honor Award by earning an average of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and grades of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams. Of these 11, the following local students qualified for this distinction.

  • Joshua Dillon, son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Dillon of Chambersburg, Pa.

  • Claire Lazo-Miller, daughter of Teresa Lazo-Miller of Camp Hill, Pa., and Mark Miller of Chambersburg, Pa.

  • Stephanie Walker, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Walker of McConnellsburg, Pa.


Eighteen academy students qualified for the AP Scholar Award by completing three or more AP Exams with grades of 3 or higher. Of these 18, the following local students qualified for this distinction.

  • Jennifer Dahlman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Dahlman of Greencastle, Pa.

  • Christopher Downs, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Downs of Clear Spring.

  • Matthew Englehart, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Englehart of Chambersburg, Pa.

  • Alicia Krawczak, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gale Krawczak of Waynesboro, Pa.

  • Melissa McCartney, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael McCartney of Dry Run, Pa.

  • Dale Statler, son of Mr. and Mrs. Duane Statler of Chambersburg, Pa.
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