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Boyceville graduates earn Advanced Placement Scholar Awards

BOYCEVILLE — Four graduates of the Boyceville High School Class of 2014 have earned AP Scholar Awards in recognition of their exceptional achievement on AP Exams. Receiving recognition are Peter Duerst, Dylan Windsor, Tanner Johnson-Hetchler and Clayton Windsor.

The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program (AP) provides students with the opportunity to take rigorous college-level courses while still in high school. The Advanced Placement tests are based on a score 1-5 and a score 3 or higher can lead to earning college credit, advanced placement, or both for successful performance on the Advanced Placement Exams. The College Board recognizes several levels of achievement based on a student’s performance on Advanced Placement Exams.

Peter Duerst became the first student from Boyceville High School to qualify for the National Advanced Placement Scholar Award. He earned an average score of 4 or higher on all Advanced Placement Exams he had taken. He also had earned scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams. Peter, a 2014 National Merit Award Winner, is attending the Massachusetts Institute of Technology this fall. Peter is the son of Steve and Diane Duerst of Boyceville.

Dylan Windsor and Tanner Johnson-Hetchler became only the second and third students in school history to earn the Advanced Placement Scholar with Honor Award. They qualified for the Advanced Placement Scholar with Honor Award by earning an average score of at least 3.25 on all Advanced Placement Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams. Dylan Windsor is attending UW-River Falls this fall. He is the son of Chris and Valerie Windsor of Knapp. Tanner Johnson-Hetchler is attending the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities and he is the son of Vicky Johnson of Boyceville.

Clayton Windsor qualified for the Advanced Placement Scholar Award by completing three or more AP Exams with scores of 3 or higher. Clayton is attending UW-River Falls this fall. He is the son of Kenneth and Sherry Windsor of Knapp.

In addition, Peter Duerst, Clayton Windsor and Dylan Windsor became the first students in Boyceville High School history to pass at least ten different AP tests in their high school careers.

Boyceville High School graduates from the class of 2014 earned a record number of college credits for their successful AP test score results. A total of 106 university credits were earned by the Class of 2014. Many students are starting their college careers (in the credit standings) as second semester freshman or even sophomores, starting right out of high school. A school-record of 79 Advanced Placement tests were taken this past May at Boyceville High School, including testing in 14 different subject areas. Another school record was set when 36 exams were passed. In fact, there were more Advanced Placement tests passed last May than have ever been taken in a single year at Boyceville High School.