CANOGA PARK, CA — Nar Gulvartian and Ari Ekmekji of AGBU Manoogian-Demirdjian School graduating senior class have been named Commended Students Receiving National Merit Award.
About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Commended Students are those that placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2011 competition by taking the 2009 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). They represent some of the most academically talented students in the nation.

AP Scholar Awards 2009-2010
25 students at AGBU Manoogian-Demirdjian School have earned AP Scholar Awards in recognition of their exceptional achievement on AP Exams.
The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program (AP) provides willing and academically prepared students with the opportunity to take rigorous college-level courses while still in high school, and to earn college credit, advanced placement, or both for successful performance on the AP Exams. About 18 percent of the more than 1.8 million students worldwide who took AP Exams performed at a sufficiently high level to also earn an AP Scholar Award.
The College Board recognizes several levels of achievement based on students’ performance on AP Exams.
At AGBU Manoogian-Demirdjian School:
· 9 students qualified for the AP Scholar with Distinction Award by earning an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 of higher on five or more of these exams. These students are Koko Deranteriassian, Ari Ekmekji, Nar Gulvartian, Nairi Khachatoorian, Mikael Matossian, Narineh Melkonian, Tamar Melkonian, Serli Polatoglu, and Talia Tanielian.
· 2 students qualified for the AP Scholar with Honor Award by earning an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams. These students are Lena Galian and Silva Malkhassian.
· 14 students qualified for the AP Scholar Award by completing three or more AP exams with scores of 3 or higher. The AP Scholars are Mary Azoian, Elda Boulgourjian, Christopher Geozian, Rafi Mardoyan, Ashley Markarian, Frederick Papazyan, Ani Shirvanian, Taleen Shirvanian, Artien Voskanian, Alex Yeghiazarian, Derek Yeghiazarian, Nicole Yeghiazarian, Vatche Yousefian, and Anais Zarifian.
Of this year’s award recipients at AGBU Manoogian-Demirdjian School, 13 were sophomores or juniors: [Ari Ekmekji, Nar Gulvartian, Mikael Matossian, Lena Galian, Silva Malkhassian, Mary Azoian, Frederick Papazyan, Taleen Shirvanian, Artien Voskanian, Alex Yeghiazarian, Derek Yeghiazarian, Nicole Yeghiazarian, and Anais Zarifian.] These students have at least one more year in which to complete college-level work and possibly earn a higher-level AP Scholar Award.

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