Three WSHS students — Levi Haile, Aaron Seward, and Ben Smith — excelled in Advanced Placement testing, and two of them have been designated as AP Scholars, according to results released Saturday by the College Board.
AP Exams are scored 1-5, with a score of 3 considered a college-level qualifying score. Most colleges in Arkansas exempt students from taking freshman or sophomore-level courses based on qualifying scores.
Mr. Seward and Mr. Smith were selected as AP Scholars because they demonstrated exemplary college-level achievement by scoring a 3 or higher on at least three AP exams. Mr. Seward, who made a 3 or higher this year on the English Literature & Composition and Computer Science Principles exams, had prior qualifying scores in Biology and English Language & Composition. Mr. Smith, who made a 3 or higher this year on the Environmental Science exam, had prior qualifying scores in Biology and English Language & Composition. Both of them graduated in May.
Mr. Haile, who will be a junior in the coming year, achieved a qualifying score on his first AP Exam, Computer Science Principles.
This was West Side’s first year to offer AP Computer Science, and two of the three students whose scores were released Saturday made a qualifying score this year. The score of another student who took the exam has been delayed. The course was taught by Timothy Hardin, who has been at West Side three years.
Phillip Ramsey teaches AP Environmental Science.
Mr. Haile is the son of Veronica and Mike Haile. Mr. Smith is the son of Debbie and Ken Smith. Mr. Seward is the son of Pam Rousseau and John Seward.