Fil-Am math whiz gets White House invite from Obama
For his flawless performance in the Advance Placement Calculus exam, Filipino-American student Cedrick Argueta has received an invitation to the White House from no less than US President Barack Obama himself.
"Cedrick; way to go on your perfect score! How about you come by the next White House Science Fair?," Obama asked in a tweet retweeted by nearly 2,000 people and liked by over 6,5000
Obama sent the informal invitation to Argueta days after it was announced that the 17-year-old student was one of the 12 people to earn a perfect score in AP Calculus.
A report on LA Times said Argueta was one of the 302,531 students who took the exam, a three-hour and 15-minute test administered for possible college credit in May.
The math whiz also earned perfect scores in the Science and Math sections of the ACT (American College Testing) college readiness assessment exams last year.
His instructor, Anthony Yom, said his performance stood out of all the AP Calculus students he coached in the past three years.
Argueta is the son of two immigrants, Lilian and Marcos Argueta.
Lilian is a licensed vocational nurse from Batangas who works two jobs at nursing homes, while Marcos does maintenance work at one of those homes.
She told LA Times that the magnitude of her son's success didn't make its mark until she received phone calls from reporters.
“I’m just thankful. God gave me two perfect kids," Lilian told LA Times.
Argueta, who aims to join NASA's (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) Jet Propulsion Laboratory one day, hopes to earn a scholarship to attend Caltech this fall. —Rie Takumi/KBK, GMA News