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January 27, 2014

49 Central Catholic grads earn AP honors

LAWRENCE — Forty nine recent graduates of Central Catholic High were named Advanced Placement Scholars by the College Board’s AP Program in recognition of their exceptional achievement on the 2013 Advanced Placement Exams.

Fifty-three percent of the Class of 2013 participated in the AP Program, taking 428 AP Exams in May 2013. The Lawrence school offers AP courses in 21 different subject areas. Eighty-three percent of the students who took the AP Exams achieved a competency score of “3” or better, 56 percent achieved a score of “4” or better and 25 percent earned the maximum score of “5.”

CCHS students outpaced both Massachusetts and national outcomes with 88 percent of the students earning at least one proficiency score of “3,” exceeding the Massachusetts rate at 72 percent and the national rate at 61 percent.

The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program provides motivated and academically talented students with the opportunity to take rigorous college level courses while still in high school and earn college credit, advanced placement or both, for successful performance on the AP National Exams.

Doreen Keller, principal of Central Catholic, said, “The success of Central Catholic students on AP Exams clearly is the result of the expertise of our faculty in preparing students with the required rigorous curricula and the necessary critical reasoning skills, as well as the diligence of our students in fully applying themselves to the intense challenges of AP studies.”

The College Board recognizes four levels of superior achievement based on students’ performance on AP Exams.

Here are some local students and their achievements:

AP Scholar with Distinction: scores of 3.5 or higher on 5 or more AP Exams:

Bryan Allen of Salem, N.H.

Emily Boehm of North Andover

Rosalie Cryan of Haverhill

David DeLuca of Salem, N.H.

Nathaniel Hall of Methuen, now attends the University of MA at Lowell

Daniel Lefebvre of Dracut

Mackenzie Murray of Amesbury

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