Chalk up more honors for Lawrence's public high schools.
Lawrence High School and Free State High School both achieved among the best student-success rates in the state for scores in Advanced Placement courses in math, science and technology courses, according to the College Board.
Both schools can now apply for the Siemens Award for Advanced Placement. Eligibility is based on participation and performance of students in the AP courses.
The College Board also named 53 students as AP Scholars for their performances on May's tests. Of the 28 at Free State, 21 graduated last year, and of the 25 at LHS, 19 have already graduated.
Of the current Free State seniors, the winners are:
¢ National AP Scholar: Kate Falkenstien;
¢ AP Scholars with Distinction: Mitch Moore and Falkenstien;
¢ AP Scholars with Honor: Mitch Haverty and Kevin Song;
¢ AP Scholars: Cori Allen, Alexandra Skarka and Hannah Wilson.
Of the six LHS seniors the winners are:
¢ AP Scholars: Lin Chen, Yoshika Crider, Ellen Hernley, Stephanie Jian, Xin Liu and Simerun Singh.
The school district also announced Tuesday that Falkenstien earned a perfect score of 240 on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.
Falkenstien, the daughter of Kurt Falkenstien and Paula Martin, scored 80 on each section - critical reading, math and writing - of the test. According to the district and the College Board, only 193 of the 3.4 million students who took the test in 2006 earned a perfect score on all three sections.
Falkenstien also is one of 20 National Merit Scholar semifinalists named in August from the city's public and private high schools.
Eight local students this fall were also named National Merit Commended Scholars: Hannah Frydman, Anna Kuczera, Myron Liu and Lindsey McDaniel, all of Free State; Timmia Hearn-Feldman, Cafferty Parker and Katherine Steir, of LHS; and Bill Butler of Bishop Seabury Academy.