Issaquah High School student nets perfect AP social studies score

December 25, 2012

By Staff

Karthik Palaniappan has a lot to celebrate this holiday season. The senior at Issaquah High School is one of only four students worldwide who earned a perfect score on last spring’s Advanced Placement U.S. Government and Politics Exam, taken by 239,513 students.

“I definitely have a passion for politics, which is why I did not mind putting in the work,” Palaniappan said in a statement released by the Issaquah School District Dec. 18. “I really enjoyed the class, especially our daily discussions of current news.”

AP exams are written and scored by college professors from around the world and are designed to cover a full year of intensive, college-level knowledge and skills. In 2012, 3.7 million AP exams were taken and only 88 perfect scores.

“We are so proud of Karthik,” Issaquah High Principal Paula Phelps said. “This is a testament not only to his personal passion and work ethic but also to the rigor of our Social Studies Department.”

Palaniappan is also an officer of his school’s Junior State of America chapter, a political awareness and civic engagement club.

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