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701 MISD AP Students Earn Recognition from College Board, MHS Junior Earns Perfect Score on AP Computer Science Exam

Press Release|
Shane Mauldin|
Tuesday, November 16, 2021

McKinney, Texas – McKinney ISD students taking part in Advanced Placement (AP) exams in the spring of 2021 earned accolades from the College Board for their performance, with 701 students from McKinney Boyd High School, McKinney High School and McKinney North High School receiving recognition.

Among the three MISD high schools, 383 students earned AP Scholar recognition, 104 were AP Scholars with Honor and 214 were named AP Scholars with Distinction.

In addition, Ethan Bickel, a junior at McKinney High School, earned a perfect score on the AP Computer Science A exam, placing him among the top .5 percent (half of one percent) of the 63,980 AP test-takers for that exam worldwide.

Ethan standing in front of an MHS backdrop

McKinney High School junior Ethan Bickel earned a perfect score on the Advanced Placement Computer Science A Exam.

At a lunch reception in celebration of Ethan’s achievement, MHS Calculus and AP Computer Science teacher Theresa Horvath explained, “A lot of times we hear about students that score 5’s. And, actually 25 percent of the students—that’s about 16,000 of them—scored a 5 [on the Computer Science exam], which is awesome and amazing, but only 345 … got a perfect score.”

AP courses and exams allow students to challenge themselves, develop critical thinking skills through rigorous and relevant coursework, explore their interests and create an opportunity for students to earn college credit. The annual exams are scored on a five-point scale, and the AP Scholar Awards recognize students who have demonstrated exemplary college-level achievement on the tests.

For 2021, MISD students earned recognition in three categories.

—AP Scholar—receives scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP exams
—AP Scholar with Honor—receives an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP exams taken and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of those exams
—AP Scholar with Distinction—receives an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP exams taken and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of those exams

(Note: The National AP Scholar Award, which is typically earned by a number of MISD AP students each year, was discontinued this year by the College Board.)

“I am always impressed with the talent and dedication of our MISD AP teachers and students at all three of our high schools,” said MISD Superintendent Dr. Rick McDaniel. “Ethan’s perfect score on the AP Computer Science exam and the honors earned by hundreds of MISD students for their performance on AP exams underscore why we are committed to offering Advanced Placement classes. This success sets them up for further success at the collegiate level.”

Here are the MISD AP results by high school campus:

McKinney Boyd High School

Total Number of Boyd AP students and AP exams
1,124 AP students
2,108 AP exams

Boyd AP Scholars Summary
AP Scholar: 143
AP Scholar with Honor: 34
AP Scholar with Distinction: 95

Boyd Student Performance Summary
AP courses listed below show MBHS student performance on AP exams that were above State and/or Global means as presented by the College Board:

Art History (State & Global)
Biology (State & Global)
Calculus BC (State)
Chemistry (State & Global)
Computer Science Principles A (State & Global)
English Language & Composition (State & Global)
English Literature & Composition (State & Global)
Environmental Science (State & Global)
European History (State & Global)
Human Geography (State & Global)
Latin (State & Global)
Macroeconomics (State)
Music Theory (State & Global)
Physics 1 (State)
Physics 2 (State)
Physics C-Electricity & Magnetism (State)
Physics C-Mechanics (State & Global)
Spanish Literature & Culture (State & Global)
U. S. Government (State & Global)
U.S. History (State & Global)
World History-Modern (State & Global)

McKinney High School

Total Number of MHS AP students and AP exams
893 AP students
2,006 AP exams

MHS AP Scholars Summary
AP Scholar: 138
AP Scholar with Honor: 48
AP Scholar with Distinction: 69

MHS Student Performance Summary
AP courses listed below show MHS student performance on AP exams that were above State and/or Global means as presented by the College Board:

Art History (State & Global)
Calculus AB (State & Global)
Calculus BC (State & Global)
Chemistry (State & Global)
Computer Science Principles (State & Global)
Drawing (State & Global)
English Language & Composition (State & Global)
English Literature & Composition (State & Global)
Environmental Science (State & Global)
European History (State & Global)
Human Geography (State & Global)
Latin (State & Global)
Music Theory (State & Global)
Spanish Language & Culture (State)
Statistics (State & Global)
U.S. History (State & Global)
World History: Modern (State & Global)

McKinney North High School

Total Number of North AP students and AP exams
736 AP students
1,491 AP exams

North AP Scholars Summary
AP Scholar: 102
AP Scholar with Honor: 22
AP Scholar with Distinction: 50

North Student Performance Summary
AP courses listed below show North student performance on AP exams that were above State and/or Global means as presented by the College Board:

Biology (State & Global)
Calculus AB (State & Global)
Calculus BC (State & Global)
Chemistry (State)
Computer Science Principles (State & Global)
English Literature & Composition (State & Global)
French Language & Culture (State)
German Language & Culture (State)
Japanese Language and Culture (State & Global)
Human Geography (State & Global)
Physics 1 (State & Global)
Physics C- Mechanics (State & Global)
Spanish Literature (State & Global)
Statistics (State & Global)
U.S. History (State & Global)
World History: Modern (State & Global)

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