3 Arkansas High students earn recognition for qualifying AP Computer Science exam scores

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TEXARKANA — Three students from Arkansas High earned recognition for achieving qualifying scores on Advanced Placement (AP) Computer Science exams.

Braydon Bushman, Brodie Gholson, and Evan Reel each earned qualifying scores. The scores were part of the Arkansas Advanced Placement Computer Science A Incentive Program, and the scores were broken up by 3, 4, and 5. Arkansas public school students and schools are eligible to receive financial incentives when students earn computer science flex credits for successfully completing an AP Computer Science A course and receive qualifying scores on the exam.

Bushman earned a 5, which meant he took home $1,000 and AHS received $250.

Gholson earned a 4, which meant he earned $750 and AHS received $150.

Reel earned a 3, which meant he earned $250 and AHS received $50.

The three students were able to receive their awards at a ceremony where AP Computer Science teacher Therron Telford and AHS principal Michael Odom presented the students their awards.

“These three students are among the best and the brightest at Arkansas High School,” Telford said. “I am pleased to see their hard work and talent recognized and rewarded by the school and our state.”

The Arkansas Department of Education also recognizes schools for their efforts to encourage students to enroll in high school computer science courses. AHS is one of three high schools in the state (with 1,000-plus students) that will receive an additional $5,000 for having the highest percentage of students enrolled in computer science courses.

Over 11% of Arkansas High students are currently enrolled in AP courses. Research consistently shows that AP students who score 3 or higher on AP exams typically experience greater academic success in college and have higher college graduation rates.

For more information on AHS and its AP courses, call 870-774-7641.