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Charleston's GW Excels With Number Of AP Scholars
By Kera Mashek
May 14, 2014


CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Kera Mashek) Fifty-three students from Charleston's George Washington High School are being recognized for being the cream of the crop when it comes to their high scores on advanced placement testing. The AP program is no cake walk, but students and educators realize it makes kids better prepared for college, and that's why GW is planning to increase its commitment to AP coursework

Several students at Charleston's GW High School are beaming, knowing that a lot of hard work is paying off..earning recognition as advanced placement scholars.

"It is the result of a lot of long hours of studying, a lot of tests--maybe a few too many--but it's a real honor," said AP scholar Adrienne Arnold.

For earning high scores on AP exams, these students will also graduate high school, with college credits. GW has a strong tradition of encouraging students to take these high level classes, allowing the school to land at or near the top every year for the number of students getting state and national AP honors.

"You just have to be willing to challenge yourself because the instructors, they're going to make you work, but at the end of the day, you're going to know what you need to know," said AP scholar Camden Elliott.

These students appreciate the opportunities GW has offered to accept that challenge, to make them better prepared for actual college classes and their future careers.

"Our school offered us 17 AP classes and that's the reason you see so many of these kids, 53 I think, getting AP scholar awards. That's all because we have dedicated teachers and a school dedicated to providing us with those classes," said AP scholar Ankur Kumar.

GW's principal says the school is always working to increase the rigor of AP classes, and to keep students pushing themselves to succeed, GW's beefing up its AP program even more next year.

"We're going to be an AP Capstone School. We have about 25 kids that are giong to do research and a thesis in their junior and senior year. We're also looking at expanding our Patriot University, where kids first semester or second semester senior year do internships with different engineering companies from around the valley. So we're excited about those two new programs and just really rethinking what high school looks like for kids," said George Aulenbacher, GW High School Principal.

But for now, GW and these soon-to-be high school grads, already have a lot to be proud of.

Students earning AP honors at GW were presented with medals or chords they can wear at graduation this coming Friday night, and the AP success is just one reason GW was also recently named the top high school in West Virginia by US News and World Report.

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