TOWSON, Md. (WJZ) — A Baltimore County student receives a prestigious award.  This week, the College Board announced the state’s two AP Scholars of the Year.

As Gigi Barnett reports, the female winner took more than a dozen college-level courses.

Lisa Ann Tang started taking Advanced Placement classes at Dulaney High School her freshman year.

That was  four years ago. Now a freshman at Yale University, the College Board just named Tang as the state’s female AP Scholar of the Year.

The surprise announcement came this week.

“I never even heard of this thing before, which is cool. Looking back on it now, I think in high school I just wanted to do my best and always challenge myself,” Tang said.

At Dulaney, Tang took 16 Advanced Placement tests and aced all of them, with the top score of 5.  Advanced Placement or AP classes allow students to earn college credit in high school.  Only about 14 percent of high schoolers across the country who take AP exams pass with a 5.

“We really try to encourage as many students as we possibly can to stretch and reach for that,” said Lynda Whitlock, Dulaney High principal.  “I think it gives them the confidence.”

Tang’s pursuits outside of the classroom continue at Yale.  She’s in the choir, and doing several community service projects.

While she could skip ahead and graduate early, Tang says she’s enjoying college.

“While high school and Dulaney have been a great preparation for college, there are a lot of things around the world I don’t know yet about the world or myself.  So, I just want to take my time and figure that out,” she said.

The College Board chooses a male and female from each state to receive the AP Award.  Tang is the first student from Dulaney High to earn the AP Scholar of the Year.

Tang also came within 10 points of earning perfect scores on each section of the SAT.

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