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Lincoln Heights Teen With Perfect Score on AP Calculus Exam Invited to White House Science Fair

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Cedrick Argueta, a senior at Abraham Lincoln High School in Lincoln Heights, is one of only 12 students in the world to earn a perfect score on the exam. (Credit: KTLA)

Cedrick Argueta, a Lincoln Heights teen who gained national attention after being one of just 12 students to get a perfect score on the AP Calculus exam, was invited by President Barack Obama on Sunday to the White House Science Fair.

“Cedrick; way to go on your perfect score! How about you come by the next White House Science Fair?” he tweeted.

According to the White House, the science fair is hosted by President Obama and “features innovative projects, designs, and experiments from students all across America … who are excelling in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).”

Cedrick, a 17-year-old senior at Abraham Lincoln High School, was among more than 300,000 students to take the Advanced Placement Calculus AB exam, the Los Angeles Unified School District said last Monday in announcing his perfect score.

The extremely difficult exam tests the fundamental theories of calculus through a series of multiple-choice questions and free-response problems.

Cedrick, who hopes to go to Caltech and aspires to work at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, told KTLA he spent about 2 to 3 hours every day after school studying for the exam.

“It’s amazing. I’m so, so proud of him,” his mother said.

Cedrick’s ultimate goal is to study at Caltech and one day work at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.