Plymouth Whitemarsh High School student achieves perfect score on AP exam
Plymouth Whitemarsh High School’s Adyanta Anand has achieved the rare distinction of earning a perfect score on the Advanced Placement (AP) Computer Science Principles exam.
AP exams are scored on a scale of 1 to 5. Adyanta received the top score of 5, and he also was one of just 459 students in the world to earn every point possible for this exam, receiving the maximum score on each portion of the exam.
“It is not often that we receive news about a student who has attained such a high level of success on an AP exam, and we congratulate Adyanta on this outstanding and rare achievement,” said Dr. Jason Bacani, Principal. “This recognition speaks not only to Adyanta’s hard work and commitment, but also to the quality of teachers like Mickey Engel, who work daily to provide rigorous instruction and encouragement to students who challenge themselves through AP courses.”
Mr. Engel, who teaches AP Computer Science Principles, said this is the first time in high school history that a student has achieved a perfect score on this particular exam. He noted that 169,000 students worldwide took the exam last year, placing Adyanta in the top 0.2 percent who achieved perfect scores.
“I have been teaching AP Computer Science for over 20 years, and I didn’t even know that they tracked perfect scores,” he said. “Ady is the first student to score perfect on either of the AP Computer Science-related exams. He is a very intelligent student, and I am not surprised he did so well.”
According to the College Board, students who succeed in AP courses are more likely to succeed in college and have the opportunity to save time and money by earning college credit or placement.
Adyanta, who is a senior, is also one of three high school students to have achieved Semifinalist status in the National Merit Scholarship Program. He intends to go to college to pursue a degree in computer engineering, but has not yet determined what college he might attend. He is a member of the high school’s Math Club.