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Shepton HS Student Earns Rare Perfect Score on AP Exam

September 21, 2023

Plano ISD celebrates Shepton High School student Rahul Mehta for earning a perfect score on a college-level Advanced Placement (AP) Exam last May.

Advanced Placement Exams are scored on a scale of 1 to 5. Not only did Rahul receive the top score of 5, he was also one of only 459 students in the world to earn every point possible on the AP Computer Science Principles Exam, receiving the maximum score on each portion of the exam.

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"Shepton High School's administration and staff are extremely proud of Rahul," said Courtney Washington, Shepton High Principal. "His dedication to his studies as well as star athleticism makes him the epitome of what we refer to as a leader and role model. We look forward to what his future holds, and we are thrilled that we can boast that he is a Shepton Wolf."

“AP courses and exams are college-level, requiring great focus and persistence among participating students,” said Trevor Packer, head of the Advanced Placement Program. “We applaud the educators who encourage students to challenge themselves, who motivate and encourage diverse students to achieve their academic potential.”

The Advanced Placement Program is committed to ensuring that students have access to the opportunities they have earned. Students who succeed in AP are not only more likely to succeed in college, but have the chance to save a significant amount of time and money by earning college credit or placement.

Colleges and universities around the world receive AP scores for college credit, advanced placement, and/or consideration in the admission process.

From early on in his childhood, Rahul has had a keen interest in computer science. Rahul began by programming games that he could play with his friends. He has also designed 3D objects on his own, which led him to win a 3D printing contest sponsored by the City of Richardson library. During his middle school years, Rahul was an active member of the Renner Middle School Robotics Club and often received commendation from the instructor for his hard work and dedication to programming the school team's robot. When Rahul is not at his computer, he enjoys playing piano, tennis, and basketball. Rahul can spend hours on the beach, has played water polo, and is now part of the Plano West swim team.