LOS ANGELES – Lincoln High School Senior Cedrick Argueta recently found out that he was one of 12 people in the world to earn a perfect score in the Advance Placement calculus exam.
"I’m glad I’m able to do this not just for my culture but all cultures so everybody can realize that all things are possible," said Argueta.
Argueta's mother is a Filipina nurse from Batangas while his father is a maintenance manager from El Salvador.
"In a way, it’s what we came here for in this country – to have better opportunities for us and for the kids," his mother Lilian said.
The 17-year old was honored by both the Los Angeles Unified School District and Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday for his historic score.
Aside from local awards and media frenzy, the senior, who aspires to work for NASA, also got a tweet from President Barack Obama.
“I really was excited to have the most influential man in the world, the most important man in the world invite me to the White House for the science fair,” said Argueta.
“It’s really exciting. I do plan on attending. I don’t know the specifics of it yet, but I want to go.”
The test was administered last year and the results came as a surprise to the Argueta family.
"One out of 12, out of 300,000 – that's a really small number," said Argueta.
However, the soft spoken Argueta isn’t taking all the credit.
"A lot of people could’ve done this. A lot of people in my class could’ve done this and gotten a perfect score. It just wasn’t me that was good in my class," he added.
Appearing at the school board with his Korean-born teacher Anthony Yom, he believes his long study sessions with his classmates helped him pull off the perfect score.
“It wasn’t just me that got this perfect score. All my friends worked together to do this. I’d like to recognize them too,” he said.
The high school senior will continue wrapping up his senior year, hoping to get into his dream school Caltech after he graduates this summer.
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