Southwest High School senior Grecia Perez-Carrillo is known as a well-rounded student, but a few weeks ago she learned the score she earned in the AP Spanish exam she took in Spring 2015 made her part of an elite group.
Looking across approximately 4.5 million AP exams taken by 2.5 million U.S. public high schools in 2015, only 322 students earned every point possible on an AP Exam, a rare accomplishment. Grecia is one of 55 students in the world to earn every point possible on the AP Spanish language and culture exam, receiving the maximum score on each portion of the exam.
“Grecia embodies all the great attributes of a SOH student,” said Southwest High Principal Lee Romero. “Within one year Grecia exited our English Learner program and began taking A-G college prep courses in English. Her future is limitless.”
Romero informed Grecia’s classmates about her letter from the College Board- the organization that administers the Advanced Placement tests that allow high school students to earn college credit if they score high enough.
Romero commends all of her teachers and other staff that have encouraged Grecia through her years at Southwest High, especially her AP Spanish Language Teacher, Ms. Dianna Sevilla who has been teaching Spanish at Southwest for the past 17 years.
According to Romero, Grecia enrolled at Southwest High as a 9th grader taking ELD 3-4. By 2014, she was reclassified fluent English Proficient. Grecia is currently in several AP classes, including AP English Literature, AP Spanish Literature, AP Government and AP Environmental Science.
Grecia has been accepted to Humboldt State University.
“When I was informed of this news I felt so proud of Grecia,” said Romero. “I understand that this is a rare feat. Only 55 students in the world scored perfect on this AP exam. Her accomplishment is remarkable.”