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Valley Students Named State AP Scholar, Senate Youth Delegate

Congratulations to two Valley High School students who have earned prestigious honors. Anvay Pradhan, a 2018 graduate of Valley High School, earned the College Board’s 2018 Iowa State Advanced Placement (AP) Scholar Award, and Valley High School senior James Meng was chosen as a delegate to the United States Senate Youth Program.

Valley Graduate Anvay Pradhan Receives State AP Scholar Award

Yearbook photo: Anvay Pradham.

Anvay Pradhan

Anvay Pradhan, a 2018 graduate of Valley High School, earned the College Board’s 2018 Iowa State Advanced Placement (AP) Scholar Award in recognition of his exceptional achievement on AP Exams taken in May.

The designation of State AP Scholar is granted to the one male and one female student in each U.S. state and the District of Columbia with scores of 3 or higher on the greatest number of AP exams, and then the highest average score (at least 3.5) on all AP exams taken.

The Advanced Placement Program® (AP) provides opportunities for students to experience college-level courses while in high school. Valley High School offers more than 20 Advanced Placement courses. AP provides students with the opportunity to earn college credit or advanced. Each exam is developed by a committee of college and university faculty and AP teachers. More than 3,800 colleges and universities annually receive AP scores.

Learn more about the AP Scholar Awards.

James Meng Selected to U.S. Senate Youth Program

Yearbook photo of James Meng.

James Meng

Senior James Meng was chosen as one of two Iowa delegates to the 57th annual United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) that will be held from March 2-9 in Washington, D.C.

Meng was selected by an Iowa Department of Education committee based on his “outstanding ability and demonstrated leadership qualities, a strong commitment to volunteer work, and a top 1 percent academic ranking among Iowa’s high school juniors and seniors.” As part of his selection, he will receive a $10,000 undergraduate college scholarship.

The USSYP program is sponsored by the Senate and “designed to give young Americans a working knowledge of American political life.” During the program, delegates will attend meetings and briefings with senators and other politicians including the president, a justice of the Supreme Court, and an ambassador to the United States. They will also have opportunities to ask in-depth questions and interact with members of the national media.

Learn more about Meng and USSYP.