Aldie student one of 12 in the world to ace the AP Calculus exam
If that fact isn’t impressive enough, he took the exam when he was just a 14-year-old sophomore at Paul VI Catholic High School in Fairfax. The 3-hour and 15-minute test covers material equivalent to what a student would learn in a college calculus course. Labuskes didn’t make a single mistake on any of the 45 complex multiple-choice questions and six free response questions on the test.
The accomplishment even caught the attention of President Barack Obama.
“Way to ace your AP Calc test, Landon!” Obama tweeted on Thursday. “You should come drop some knowledge at the White House Science Fair.”
Labuskes is humble about his feat. He says math is both a passion and something that comes easily to him.
“It is really hard to get a perfect score,” said Ann Watkins, Labuskes’ math teacher. “Everybody makes stupid mistakes on tests and quizzes. But Landon did it.”
Watkins said while she was surprised to see a letter from the College Board commending Labuskes for his perfect score, she says if anyone could do it she’d have bet on him.
Watkins said Labuskes is the youngest student she’s ever had in her AP Calculus class. Unlike some gifted students that ride off of their natural talents, Labuskes is a very diligent worker and always completes his homework, she added.
The junior is currently taking AP Calculus BC. His teacher jokes she’s looking forward to seeing him score perfectly on his next AP exam in the spring.
The well-rounded student is also an Eagle Scout, active in Model UN and co-president of the school’s math club. He says he is interested in studying aerospace engineering.
“My dream is to go to Stanford or Berkeley,” said Labuskes.
With a significant accomplishment that few in the world can claim already under his belt, his chances are looking strong.
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