The West Muskingum School District is celebrating achievements in academic excellence.
Three former high school seniors, who have since graduated, were named AP Scholars. Delia Constantino and Elizabeth Sandlund received a score of 3.0 or better on three or more AP Exams taken last year. Yaquta Kaka was named an AP Scholar with Honors for receiving a score of 3.25 or better on four or more AP Exams.
High school science teacher Tami Fitzgerald says she's noticed more and more students developing a strong work ethic.
"They could certainly say, 'No, I'll just take CP Government," or "I think I will just stop at the CP Physics," or any of the other classes, but instead, our kids have really stretched themselves and put themselves out there. (They've) said nope, I'm going to do this, and they're just doing super, " says Fitzgerald.
West Muskingum High School's AP program has really flourished over the past three years. It went from administering 33 tests in 2008 to an expected 180 tests this year, and it's now offering students eight AP courses to prepare for the exams and potentially earn college credit.
"A lot of times that gives them advantages in their scheduling. They get to schedule sooner. They get a little more selection in classes. It gets them out of some of the core classes they would have to take otherwise, " says Fitzgerald.
Receiving college credit can also help the students out financially. In fact, the West Muskingum School District has had students earn as much as one year of college credit, which has saved them on a full year of tuition.