Meet the Two Tennessee Students Named State AP Scholars

Two high school students in Tennessee have been chosen for the College Board’s State AP Scholar Award. The State AP Scholar Award is an academic distinction acknowledging two students who have earned the most AP Exam scores of 3 or higher statewide and the highest average score (at least 3.5) on all AP Exams taken. The College Board awards this prestigious honor to one male student and one female student from each state and the District of Columbia.

Please join us in congratulating Tennessee’s Advanced Placement Scholars and learn more about them below.


Sneha Mittal, Collierville High School in Collierville, TN

Congratulations to National AP Scholar, Sneha Mittal, senior at Collierville High School in Collierville, TN. Along with her contagious enthusiasm to learn, Sneha’s drive to excel is readily apparent in all that she does. Sneha currently holds a GPA of 4.69 and has been ranked first out of 468 students all four years of high school. Sneha has a perfect score of 36 on the ACT, perfect scores of 800 on the SAT Chemistry and SAT Biology subject tests, a near perfect score of 2380 on the SAT, and perfect scores of 5 on all 10 of the AP exams she took prior to her senior year.

Even more, Sneha is an active member of the school Science Olympiad team, through which she became the 2014 State Champion for Technical Problem Solving. She is also captain of the school’s Wordsmith team, which competes in regional creative writing competitions. In addition, Sneha actively writes for the school newspaper, The Dragon Spirit, and served as the science and technology editor her junior year. Sneha also participates in Collierville High’s Model UN and Knowledge Bowl teams, as well as the Technology Student Association, through which she and her team won first in Cardboard Beam Design at Engineering Day at the University of Memphis in 2014.

Sneha is always ready for a challenge. She thrives in setting lofty goals for herself and leveraging her impeccable work ethic and fervent drive to achieve those goals. Loved by her teachers and peers alike, Sneha livens the classroom with her great sense of humor, energy, and humility. Her intellect, skill, and altruism highlight Sneha as one of the most competent leaders of her age group and ensure her success in any of her future endeavors.


Yue HE, Collierville High School in Collierville, TN

Congratulations to National AP Scholar, Yue He. He is a senior at Collierville High School in Collierville, TN and the Class of 2016 salutatorian. He is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and took Spanish while in high school. He is the president of the math team and a member of the award winning Knowledge Bowl team.

To highlight his academic achievements, Joey enrolled in 28 honors and AP classes. He was also named as the overall winner for the Commercial Appeal Academic All Stars competition, winning in the math category. Joey was also selected as the Outstanding Calculus III student, an Outstanding STEM student, and a National Merit Scholar.

He has perfect AP scores in chemistry, physics, and calculus and made a perfect 36 on the ACT. In January, Joey was named a 2016 United States Presidential Scholar candidate.

In the summer of 2014, Joey was accepted and attended the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Sciences and Engineering. During the summer of 2015, he worked at the University of Memphis as an intern in the physics department. That same summer, Joey attended Boys’ State where he was elected Senate Minority Leader. He also earned the Citizenship Award for his town.

Joey has given back to the community by tutoring students at Schilling Farms Middle School, volunteering at Page Robbins Adult Day Care, and teaching at the Highland Church Chinese School.