It has been an incredible week for Cedrick Argueta of Los Angeles — first, he found out he earned a perfect score on the AP Calculus test, then he was personally invited by President Obama to the next White House Science Fair.
The 17-year-old Lincoln High School senior correctly answered more than 60 multiple choice and free-response questions on the fundamental theories of calculus, and was one of just 12 students in the world — out of the 302,532 who took the test last May — to do so. Argueta didn't stop there — the Los Angeles Unified School District announced he also received perfect scores on the English and math sections of the ACT college-entrance exam. "All the credit can't come to me," he told NBC Los Angeles. "I have to give credit to all my classmates and my teachers."
Argueta — who also volunteers at the convalescent hospital where his parents work — plans to one day work as an engineer at the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab, and is hoping to get accepted to Caltech. Catherine Garcia
The Coventry, England, resident was introduced to computers at age 3 by his father, Asim, an IT consultant. When Ayan went to take the test, the administrators thought he was too young, but Asim told them he would make sure his son could understand. "The hardest challenge was explaining the language of the test to a 5-year-old," Asim said. "But he seemed to pick it up and has a very good memory."
Now 6, Ayan continues to work on his own computer network at home, and spends two hours a day learning how to install programs and figuring out operating systems. He told the BBC he hopes to one day create the UK version of Silicon Valley, calling it E-Valley. "I'm very happy and very proud," his mother, Mamoona, said. "I don't want to see him set a world record every day. But I want him to do his best at whatever he does in his life." Catherine Garcia