Two Little Rock Central High School Students Designated as State AP® Scholars

Little Rock Central High School is proud to announce that Whitney Gao and Joseph Berleant have earned a State AP® Scholar Award, for their extraordinary performance on the 2012 Advanced Placement® Exams. They are among 108 students nationwide to receive this honor.  

 

This is the 22nd annual celebration of State AP Scholars. The College Board confers this distinction on one male and one female student in each U.S. state and the District of Columbia with scores of 3 or higher on the greatest number of AP Exams, and then the highest average score (at least 3.5) on all AP Exams taken. Both students representing Arkansas came from Little Rock Central High School.  

 

"We are honored to have Arkansas' two AP scholars from Little Rock Central High School. We are proud of our school's competitive and rigorous Advanced Placement Program. We recognize and celebrate the outstanding accomplishments of these two students, the only two students in the state to receive this honor this year," said Principal Nancy Rousseau.

 

Whitney Gao took a total of 21 exams in the following AP subjects: Art History, Biology, Calculus AB and BC, Chemistry, Chinese Language and Culture, Comparative Government and Politics, Computer Science A, English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, Environmental Science, European History, Human Geography, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Physics B, Physics C/Mechanics, Psychology, Statistics, United States History, and World History from 2009 to 2012 and earned a mean score of 4.90.

 

Gao is now a freshman studying at Harvard University. Her AP Physics teacher, Patrick Foley, at Central describes her as one of the most fantastic students he has ever had. "She continually amazed me with her dedication, insight, and talent. Her leadership skills were exemplary, guiding our robotics team from novice beginnings to regional competitors.  For her senior year, she dominated my AP Physics B class, always scoring highest on assessments. She even scored perfectly on two tests, a feat no other student has accomplished in all my years of teaching!  Even when stressed, she maintained a positive and energetic demeanor." 

   

Joseph Berleant also took a total of 21 exams in the following AP subjects: Art History, Biology, Calculus AB and BC, Chemistry, Computer Science, English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, Environmental Science, European History, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Physics B and C/Mechanics, Psychology, Spanish Language, Spanish Literature, Statistics, United States Government and Politics, United States History, and World History from 2010 to 2012 and earned a mean score of 4.71.

 

Berleant is now a freshman studying at the California Institute of Technology. His AP Statistics teacher, Summer Vaught, at Central describes him as one of the most moral and honorable students she's encountered in her career. According to Vaught, "He pushed himself and other students to their fullest potential. As a member of the National Science Bowl team that competed in Washington DC, he was always the student who pushed us to work harder and longer during each and every practice. His dedication to his studies is truly amazing."

 

The College Board's Advanced Placement Program® provides willing and academically prepared students with the opportunity to take rigorous college-level courses while still in high school. In 2012, 3.7 million exams were taken by 2.1 million students at more than 18,000 high schools. Students received scores of 3 or higher on nearly 60 percent of these exams, potentially qualifying them for college credit or advanced placement (or both) at colleges and universities worldwide.