Cedrick Argueta, a song of a Salvadoran maintenance worker and a Filipina nurse scored perfect marks on his Advanced Placement Calculus exam, making him one of only 12 — out of 302,531 worldwide — to do so.
Argueta, 17, a high school senior who describes himself as a quiet and humble guy, has suddenly become popular at Abraham Lincoln High School in the Latino neighborhood of Lincoln Heights in Los Angeles, Calif.
“It just sort of blew up,” Argueta told the Los Angeles Times, “It feels kind of good to be in the spotlight for a little bit, but I want to give credit to everybody else that helped me along the way.” He took time to thank his teacher, friends and family for the great accomplishment.
“I have to put in a lot hard work and, as true for anything, if you want to get good at something, hard work is the key,” he added.
Cedrick’s mother Lilian is a licensed vocational nurse who works two jobs at nursing homes while his father Marcos, a maintenance worker at one of his wife’s care homes, is from El Salvador who reportedly never attended high school.
Argueta is scheduled to graduate in June and hopes to attend Caltech and become an engineer.