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Two Richland One Students Earn Perfect Scores on College Board AP Exams

Two Dreher High School students earned perfect scores on their Advanced Placement (AP) exams, an accomplishment few students in the world achieve.


According to the College Board, which administers the AP exams, Dreher senior Florence Wang and junior Michael Shimizu (pictured below) are among an elite group of students in the world to earn every point possible on the AP exams they took in May 2018.


Florence accomplished this extraordinary achievement on the AP Research exam. Only 111 students worldwide matched her perfect score. Florence's AP Research teacher is Sumter Link and she is the proud daughter of Zaixiao Zhang and Qian Wang.


Michael, who completed his perfect exam in AP Computer Science A, is one of 193 students worldwide to achieve this feat on the exam. Michael is the son of Ken and Linda Shimizu. His teacher last year was Stefan Singer.


AP exams are scored on a 5-point scale, where a 5 is equivalent to a grade of A in the corresponding college course. Michael and Florence achieved the top score of 5. To earn this perfect score a student must answer every multiple-choice question correctly and earn full points on the free-response section. The College Board’s AP program allows students to pursue college-level studies, with the opportunity to earn college credit, advanced placement or both, while in high school.


According to College Board Vice President Trevor Packer, these extraordinary accomplishments are a reflection of the top-quality education being offered at Dreher.


“We applaud your AP teachers for their ability to engage high school students and enable them to thrive while studying at the college level,” he added.


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