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AP Program Recognizes 121 Mamaroneck Students

MAMARONECK, N.Y. - Grace Phillips is one of 121 Mamaroneck High School students who earned an AP Scholar Award for their AP course work in 2011, said Debbie Manetta, spokesperson for the Mamaroneck School District.

Phillips, who was the salutatorian in the graudating class of 2011, received the AP Scholar with Distinction Award for maintaining an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP exams taken. "It's definitely an honor, and I thought the school prepared us very well and made it possible for it to be accomplished," said Phillips, who is in her first semester at Yale University.

The Larchmont resident was one of 59 students recognized as AP Scholars with Distinction. Additionally, 31 were recognized as AP Scholars - for scoring a 3 or higher on three or more AP exams, 30 were recognized as AP Scholars with Honor for scoring an average of at least 3.25 on all AP exams taken, and one was recognized as a National AP Scholar for scoring an average of at least a 4 on all AP exams taken.

"The AP Program offers several AP Scholar Awards to recognize high school students who have demonstrated college-level achievement through AP courses and exams," according to the College Board website . "Although there is no monetary award in addition to receiving an award certificate, this achievement is acknowledged on any score report that is sent to colleges the following fall."

Phillips, who is planning to pursue a career in scientific research, took special note of one course that gave her the tools to go down that career path. "I think my AP Biology course helped me," Phillips said. "It was a challenging course, it taught me a lot of good study skills, and it also allowed me to start out at a higher level now that I'm in college."

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