Three District 728 students named National AP Scholars

Three 2011 graduates from the Elk River Area School District have been named National Advanced Placement (AP) Scholars, placing them among the top academic students in the nation.

A total of 78 students, 10 more than the previous year, were identified as Advanced Placement Scholars in recognition of their exceptional achievement on AP exams.

Class of 2011 graduates Alexander Frie (Rogers High School), Theo Anderson and Alexander Opificius (Elk River High School) were named National AP Scholars.

To earn this distinction, students must receive an average score of at least four on all AP exams taken, and scores of four or higher on eight or more AP exams.

Of the 78 named students, 51 graduated with the class of 2011.

Twenty-eight of the remaining students are scheduled to graduate with the class of 2012 and the remaining two with the class of 2013. By school, 38 scholars are from Elk River High School, 36 from Rogers High School and seven from Zimmerman High School.

Twenty students, up from 14 in 2010, earned the title of AP Scholar with Distinction. These students received an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP exams taken, and scores of three or higher on five or more AP exams:

Jeffrey Anderson, Takuma Padilla and Kathryn Waletzko of Zimmerman High School, as well as Bradley Arrington, Travis Bridell, Alexander Frie, Cory Jensen, Joelle Stangler, Christopher Thompson and Austin Yantes of Rogers High School. From Elk River High School, it was Theo Anderson, Michael Bayles, Collin Crane, Phillip Hoff, Alex Lawrence, Marin Olson, Alexander Opificius, Rachel Shaheen, Blake Thompson and Kenneth Tollefson earning the distinction.

Sixteen students, the same as last year, achieved the designation of AP Scholar with Honors. The following students received an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of three or higher on four or more AP exams:

Jacob Hassing, Matthew Milless and Matthew Onarheim of Zimmerman High School.

McCabe Buege, Matthew Gerber, Alexander Majerus, Gino Marchetti, Allee Schaeffer, Madeline Schaeffer and Trevor Springer of Rogers High School.

Patrick Alcorn,  Anthony Edgeton, Dallas Erdahl, Phillip Knutson, Alexander McQuown and  Ethan Sass of Elk River High School.

Forty-two students were named AP Scholars, four more than last year. An AP Scholar is a student who receives a score of three or higher on three or more AP exams. They were:

Patrick McEnaney of Zimmerman High School.

Jack Anderson, Sydney Brewer, Benjamin Burney, Kelly Casper, Ross Conn, Jennifer Dybdahl, Loren Farkas, Simil Fatima, Nandini Ganesh,  Charles Hines, Emily Lacount, Laura Larson, Cailey Moellman, Adrian Nagy, Gina Picconatto, Ryan Pinter, Nicholas Runge, Taylor Sarvey, Nathan Scharber, Lauren Stelflug and Katelyn Thoresen.

Abigail Aspengren, Zachary Brown, Luke Christianson, Anessa Demers, Darby Evert, Caroline Green, Katelyn Hennessey, Benjamin Hexom, Alexander Hickman, Zachary Holbrook, Zachary Hookom, Mathea Krogstad, Rachel Lieser, Alexander McCormick, Max Peterson, Samuel Pouilot, Kelly Rausch, Edward Rudolph, Andrew Tyler and Alex VanBuren.

Through its AP Program, the College Board, a not-for-profit organization, provides motivated and academically prepared students with the opportunity to take rigorous college-level courses while still in high school, and to earn college credit, advanced placement, or both.