The College Board grants State AP Scholar recognition to one male and one female student in each U.S. state and the District of Columbia. The winning students have 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.
“Both Stephanie Niu and Sanket Mehta have demonstrated extraordinary aptitude and dedication, in and out of the classroom,” State School Superintendent Richard Woods said. “Georgia’s schools are working hard to give students rich and varied opportunities in the traditional academics and beyond, and these two graduates are great examples of where those opportunities can lead. On behalf of my colleagues at the Georgia Department of Education, I congratulate and commend them both.”
Stephanie Niu is a poet, FIRST robotics enthusiast, aspiring computer scientist, and advocate for women in technology fields. She graduated from Walton High School in Marietta in 2015 and currently attends Stanford University, pursuing a major in computer science or symbolic systems. Throughout high school, Niu was passionate about uniting her interests in the literary and technological worlds and spreading Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education to under-reached audiences. At Stanford, she continues to pursue her goals by working as a research assistant in a lab for the digital humanities, leading an education project with the Stanford App Developer Club, and serving as technology chair for a club whose mission is to inspire middle school girls to pursue STEM.
Sanket Mehta graduated from Walton High School in Marietta, where he took AP tests in a variety of subjects and served as the president of the Science National Honor Society and the Programming Club. He enjoys promoting STEM education and, during high school, founded a computer literacy initiative for underprivileged children. Mehta received an award from the Siemens Foundation for his stem cell research, and hopes to enter the medical profession in the future. He currently attends Rice University on scholarship, as one of six students chosen for a program that guarantees admission to medical school. At Rice, Mehta is involved in cancer research, student government, and Ultimate Frisbee.
Learn more about the AP Scholar program here.