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FHS placement program honored nationally

Farragut High School was doubly recognized in a recent issue of USA Today newspaper.

Both the school and senior Bharath Ganesan were recognized for advanced placement achievements.

FHS was the only Tennessee high school to be honored for its advanced placement program.

“The importance of this award is that it shows the dedication of our students and staff over the past several years,” said FHS principal Michael Reynolds. “It takes many years to build up an academic program. We are very honored to be chosen to represent our school and state with this award, and thankful for all of the contribution it took to get here.” FHS offers 21 advanced placement courses and 15 honors courses.

Ganesan won the Siemens National Advanced Placement Award, given to students who have scored highly on the advance placement national exams.

Students who obtained a grade of 5 on at least three advanced placement course national exams are considered for the Siemens awards and scholarship money. Ganesan will receive a $2,000 college scholarship for his achievement on these exams. 

Advanced Placement is a signature program of the College Board, which selects up to one male and one female student from every state as Siemens Awards for Advanced Placement winners. More than 300,000 high school students take the AP exams every year and the Siemens Foundation chooses the top 100 students who qualify.

“I was really excited when I found out I had won this award,” Ganesan said. “I can definitely say it is an honor to be recognized nationally as the top in Tennessee.”

He has taken 11 advanced placement courses while at FHS. He plans to use his scholarship award at Vanderbilt, Harvard or Princeton.

The Siemens Foundation was established in 1998 and provides nearly $2 million in college scholarships and awards each year. The foundation’s mission is based on the culture of innovation, research and educational support.

A complete list of winners is available at


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