Twenty-three Decorah High School students - the most in school history -- have earned Advance Placement (AP) Scholar Awards in recognition of their exceptional achievement on AP exams for the 2012 session.

Last year, 14 Decorah High School students received the recognition.

The College Board's Advanced Placement Program provides willing and academically prepared students with the opportunity to take rigorous college-level courses while still in high school, and to earn college credit and/or advanced placement for successful performance on AP exams. About 18 percent of the more than 1.8 million students worldwide who took AP exams, performed at a sufficiently high level to also earn an AP Scholar Award.

The College Board recognizes several levels of achievement based on performance on AP Exams.


Two students earned the AP Scholar with distinction, which honors students who receive an average score of 3.5 or greater on all AP Exams and score a 3 (the passing score) on five or more tests. Carolina Deifelt Streese and Morgan Weis became the second and third students in Decorah to earn this honor.

Three students qualified for the AP Scholar with Honor Award by earning an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams. The students earning this award were Ashley Cliff, Grace Dambeck and Jonathon Winter.

Eighteen students earned the AP Scholar Award by completing three or more exams with scores of 3 or higher. They were Parker Beard, Mitchell Burgraf, Jacob Drost, Eric Fulsaas, Bjorn Gowdy-Jaehnig, Elizabeth Hovden, Noah Klammer, Thomas Knobbe, Tessa Kraus, Tristan Maker, Maynard Newhouse, Michael Peter, Riley Samuelson, Zach Schmelzer, Elizabeth Shroyer, Andrew Storlie, Shelby Varney and Erin Voss.

Decorah High School offers five AP courses and preparation for several other AP tests, as well as eight concurrent college classes with NICC. Decorah students earned a passing score on over 130 AP exams in the spring of 2012.