Governor Mary Fallin and Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi recently congratulated Jen-Lor L. Fung, a graduate of Norman North High School and Jessica E. Oehrlein, a senior at the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics, as this year’s winners of College Board’s State AP Scholar Awards.
They are among 117 students nationwide to receive this honor.
“Congratulations are in order for Jen-Lor Fung and Jessica Oehrlein for being named Oklahoma’s AP Scholar Award winners,” Fallin said. “Their school achievements are proof they are some of Oklahoma’s brightest young minds. I wish them well in their future academic careers.”
Barresi awarded a certificate to Oehrlein at Thursday’s state Board of Education meeting. Fung now attends college at Washington University in St. Louis. His certificate was accepted by Dr. Joe Siano, superintendent of Norman Public Schools.
“To achieve this level of success in Advanced Placement courses is truly phenomenal,” Barresi said. “An enormous amount of time and dedication goes into excelling in these rigorous courses. This distinction is a testament to these students’ drive and determination.”
The State AP Scholar Award is an academic distinction acknowledging those students who have earned the most scores of 3 or higher and hold 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 U.S. state and the District of Columbia.
The Advanced Placement program allows high school students to take rigorous, college-level courses while potentially earning college credit. A score of 3 or higher on an AP course means a high school student has learned enough to perform well in the same class in college. Some colleges give credit, advanced placement or both for scores of 3 or greater, on a 5-point scale.
In Oklahoma this year, a total of 13,777 public school students took 22,883 AP exams, with 10,579 scores of 3 to 5, up 0.6 percent from last year, according to College Board.