2006-07 Siemens Awards for AP

<p>God help these poor, poor souls...</p>

<p>Because Maryland students are up against the likes of Richard McCutcheon, a778999! :D</p>

<p>There's only one award per each guy and girl from a state, so indeed, this would be one of those "move-to-Wyoming-and-be-a-superstar" moments.</p>

<p>Matt McCutchen is a genius.</p>

<p>My parents are friends with Allen Lin's parents, and the whole Asian community in the county went beserk about this. He took 13 APs and got 5s in all of them, and he's taking 3 more now . . . so that's like 16 in all.</p>

<p>so is 7 out of 8 5s (with near perfect raw scores on each exam) enough to get it done in NY?</p>

<p>What do they do in case of a tie?</p>

<p>They compare composite scores on each of the exams.</p>

<p>When you mean composite, you mean the raw scores, not SAT or ACT scores?</p>

<p>no....why do that?</p>

<p>The only way to assure yourself of a national award is to get perfect 5's on as many exams as possible...to give you an idea, I'm feeling perfectos in stat, chem, both physics, and computer science. I took calc BC and bio last year and got near-perfects on both of those, and yet even I feel skeptical because of Environmental Science (I don't think I will get more than a 120 out of 150 on it, with about 60 of my points probably coming from the FRQ)</p>

<p>Was there one white kid on that list?</p>

<p>LOL! Probably an all-asian sweep.</p>

<p>oh, wait I found one! he goes to my old school.. never knew him though.</p>

<p>Can I state again how INCREDIBLY biased these awards are to wealthy suburban/private school students? There is not a single private school in my city that offers 8 APs, much less 15 or twenty.</p>

<p>Well you can just learn independently, but the tests are still expensive unless your school pays for it like mine.</p>

<p>I wish I knew about this before my junior year started... my bio teacher is up there for like the 2nd or 3rd time XD</p>

do you know how many of the science/math aps he took?</p>

<p>Of course the awards are biased. The CollegeBoard is under no obligation to give Siemens awards out based on environmental circumstances. Since it's the CollegeBoard's money, they have every right to give it away based on whatever selection criteria they want. If you're interested, there are plenty of organizations that do attempt to take environmental factors into consideration (most top colleges, scholarship programs, etc.).</p>

<p>And some organizations set even more seemingly "unfair" criteria, like "you must be a child of a McDonald's employee to get X scholarship." Clearly these sorts of awards are very biased towards children of McDonalds' employees. But there's no reason all three can't exist, at least not in a capitalist society like ours.</p>

<p>By the way, someone from my (public magnet) school got one of those awards, so I assure you they're not restricted to the wealthy.</p>

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hope their social life didn't drown down the drain</p>

<p>I am friends with 3 national winners.. and not a single one of them has sacrificed social life for smarts. (Suffice it to say that none of the state winners I know have done the same either.)</p>