The awards recognize America’s top achievers in Advanced Placement Program science and mathematics courses, giving the students each a $2,000 college scholarship.
Encouraging students to pursue academic careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics is a national priority for the Siemens Foundation. Students who enroll in AP math and science courses major in these fields at significantly higher rates than other students, according to the study, “AP Students in College: An Analysis of Five-Year Academic Careers,” released by the College Board in 2007.
Student participation in AP science and mathematics courses grew 7.2 percent to 733,631 students from 2010 to 2011.
This year, 101 high school students in 50 states — including 96 seniors, four juniors and one sophomore — were recognized. Two national winners are also recognized, each receiving a $5,000 scholarship.
“These students lead the nation in performance on Advanced Placement math and science courses and we are proud to recognize them for their academic excellence,” said Jeniffer Harper-Taylor, president of the Siemens Foundation.
“Over the last 13 years, AP exams have become the gold standard of academic rigor in schools across the world,” said College Board President Gaston Caperton. “Today, the College Board and our partners at the Siemens Foundation recognize 101 students who have risen to meet this standard and exceeded it. I am incredibly proud of the hard work put in by each and every one of them, and I look forward to watching them grow up to change the world.”
Evans has taken four AP courses to date. Her favorite class was physics, she said. Her most notable accomplishment was being named the Davidson Young Scholar and she plans to study civil engineering in college.
Fidaleo said he plans to study mathematics in college and plans to become a research mathematician as an adult. His most notable accomplishment was being named a 2011 Nevada AIME winner, he said. He enjoys swimming and skiing. His interest in AP courses was sparked by “the logic behind mathematics,” Fidaleo said.
For a complete list of winners, visit http://www.multivu.com/mnr/54202-siemens-foundation-math-scienceadvanced-placement-awards.