Leesville, LA – AP students at the local high schools saw their hard work pay off, literally, when they received checks from the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) grant and Vernon Parish School Board (VPSB) for earning a qualifying score of 3 or higher on their Advanced Placement (AP) exams during the 2018 – 2019 school year.
In Vernon Parish, Leesville High School, Rosepine High School, and Pickering High School participated and had students awarded checks as part of the AP Challenge.
Students were awarded $100.00 per qualifying score as an incentive for partaking in the AP Challenge.
For the 2018 – 2019 school year, 35 students from Leesville High received qualifying scores and 4 students had qualifying scores in more than one area of study. This resulted in a combined total of $3,900 in checks being awarded to AP students at the school.
At Pickering High School, three students received checks. Pickering Principal Jerome Henson shared that many students reported the AP courses and tests left them feeling more prepared to take the subject in college.
Leesville High School offers AP courses in the following: English Language, English Literature, Calculus, Computer Science, Statistics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, US History, and Human Geography.
Pickering and Rosepine offer AP courses in English Language, English Literature, Calculus, and Biology. Additionally, Rosepine also offers an AP course in Computer Science.
The schools can provide their students with AP courses due partly to the three-year grant from NMSI, which was awarded to the parish during the 2015 – 2016 school year.
Fort Polk Progress worked with the district to secure the NMSI grant. One of the goals of NMSI is to provide “military-connected students from coast to coast with well-trained teachers, challenging Advanced Placement coursework, and strong foundation in STEM subjects that will prepare them for the rigors of college and career, whether military or civilian.”
Fort Polk Progress Chairman, Mike Reese, stated that he is “proud to see the NMSI grant reward students for their many accomplishments” and “excited to see the local schools continue to offer its students with opportunities to excel beyond the standard requirements for a high school.”
Photo provided by Rick Smith, VPSB