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METHUEN — Ten Methuen High School students have earned the designation of AP Scholar by the College Board in recognition of their exceptional achievement on the college-level Advanced Placement Program exams.

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. About 18 percent of the more than the 1.3 million high-school students in 16,000 secondary schools worldwide who took AP exams performed at a sufficiently high level to merit the recognition of AP Scholar.

At Methuen High School, seven students qualified for the National AP Scholar Award by earning an average of 4 or higher on a 5-point scale on all AP Exams taken and grades of 4 or higher on eight or more of the exams.

These students are Timothy Howd, Melissa Mann, Meredith Moses, Courtney Nicholson and Ross O’Connor. Howd, Mann, Moses, Nicholson and O’Connor also qualified for the AP Scholar Award by completing three or more AP Exams with grades of 3 or higher.

One student, David Francescone, qualified for the AP Scholar with Distinction Award by earning an average grade of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams and grades of 3 or higher on five or more of the exams.

Lindsay Cyr, Steven Dang, Paul Kinsman and Kristen Redford qualified for the AP Scholar with Honor award by earning an average grade of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken or a grade of 3 or higher on four or more of the exams.