Marshfield leads Wisconsin public high schools in AP State Scholars tally
For Hub City Times
MARSHFIELD — The College Board has recognized 194 students at Marshfield High School (MHS) as recipients of AP Scholar Awards in recognition of their exceptional achievement on the college-level Advanced Placement (AP) program exams. The College Board’s AP Program provides willing and academically prepared students the opportunity to take rigorous college-level courses while still in high school. Those who perform well on the AP exams can earn college credit, advanced placement, or both.
Michael Gui, son of Gaogun Gui and Mingjun Fang of Marshfield, earned the title of 2016 AP State Scholar for Wisconsin. The designation of AP State Scholar is granted to the one female and one male student in each U.S. state and the District of Columbia who has taken the greatest number of AP exams and has the highest average score on those exams.
Michael, who completed 21 exams during his tenure at MHS, continues an impressive State Scholar tradition that began in 1999. He is the 15th MHS graduate to earn the title, and he currently attends University of Wisconsin-Madison. No other public high school in Wisconsin has produced more AP State Scholars than Marshfield High School.
One hundred and ninty-three other MHS students were honored as National Scholars, Scholars with Distinction, Scholars with Honors, and Scholars. There were 17 National Scholars, 77 AP Scholars with Distinction, 27 AP Scholars with Honors, and 90 AP Scholars. An awards ceremony was conducted in honor of all 2016 MHS AP Scholars on Jan. 4.
At Marshfield High School, 49 percent of the 395 students tested in 2016 earned an AP Scholar title, compared to 23 percent of the 2.6 million high school students tested worldwide.
In 2016 MHS offered AP courses in 28 subjects. Three hundred and ninety-five students took 864 exams during the first two weeks of May. In the MHS graduating class of 2016, 43.3 percent of the graduates took at least one AP exam and scored a 3 or better. This percentage is MHS’s equity and excellence score, which is the primary data point used by the College Board to measure success. A score of 3 is generally required to receive some type of college credit. The highest possible score on an AP exam is a 5.