Latin Genius Becomes National Pride

At 17, Young latino gets perfect score in calculus test. It’s just one of the 12 with this record, including more than 300,000 students who took the test

Cedrick Argueta has always been good with numbers, but never imagined it would be one of the 12 students in the world would get a perfect score on a test of calculation.

Son of a Salvadoran and Filipino, Argueta is an outstanding student of grade 12 in high Abraham Lincoln, northeast of Los Angeles, who on Tuesday was filled with pride in their accomplishment.

Now wonder: of the more than 300,000 students who took the test calculation at the national level, only Argueta and 11 obtained a score of five in each of the four parts of the exam.

“I’m very happy, not many people with this rating,” said Argueta, 17, who aims to inspire her younger sister and their families with this achievement, the result of their hard work.



He plans to study engineering at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena and one day get to work at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory Space Agency (NASA), in the same city.


“I want to be the best engineer,” He said who would be the first in his family to attend a university.


“I’m happy and I want my sister and my cousins ​​also go to college,” he said.

His father, Marcos Argueta, emigrated from El Salvador in 1990 and is dedicated to the maintenance area. His mother, Lilian, came from the Philippines in 1992 and is a nurse.


“He has always been a good student, but having achieved a perfect score is incredible. His dad and I are very proud of him, “said the mother. “What he wants to be, we will support,” she added.

Other academic achievement

Argueta has won the first places in various academic competitions, so when the director of the Lincoln High, José Torres, announced over the loudspeakers of the school that one of the students had achieved excellence, no one was surprised that Filipino-mate Salvadoran.

“Basically he hoped it would be,” said Torres, who held that this achievement is a motivation for students on campus, most of Latin origin. “It is not so common,” he added.


So complicated it is to get the highest score in tests carried out by the organization nonprofit College Board, which Anthony Yom, teacher and mentor Argueta, surely to be repeated in the Lincoln.

Chalkboard in practicing Yom calculation and Argueta is filled with symbols that only they understand in this classroom of the Lincoln School, which has been filled with reporters who want to spread the news.

“It may be the only one of my students in my teaching career,” said Yom.

When Argueta, predominant Asian features, starts talking in Spanish to say he likes pupusas, everyone in the room smiling.

“It’s nice to have the two cultures,” says the boy.